Clark Cooldige
LIFE FORMS HERE
Poetry
Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-1-940396-23-1
Publication Date: January 2017

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LIFE FORMS HERE is unique in the vast and varied Coolidge oeuvre, seventy-five short poems, three to a page. Trying to describe them makes no sense. Here are several chosen at random:

 

A LEAF FROM THE CODE OF THE WEST

Badmen hit the floor so different
they must have silence in their hearts

 

COME

Many things are over after awhile

 

SUNLIGHT AND GLASS

I stood there I suppose
on my little legs
sometime in that place
my memory was born

 

YOU DON’T SEE EVERYDAY

I brake for insects

 

POUND FOR POUND

The mice ate my Cantos

 

When Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot had its American premiere at Miami’s Coconut Grove Playhouse it was hyped as “The Laugh Hit of Two Continents.” The same could be said of Coolidge’s LIFE FORMS HERE.