c.clark

c.clark
Location
bay area, California,
Birthday
February 26
Title
cclarkwrite@gmail.com
Bio
I don't think this box is big enough for your bio, Mark tells me. He has taken a sharpie marker from my desk and is doodling along the inside edge of his sneaker. I mean, really, he continues, how do you decide - in brief, mind you - what to put in it and what to reserve? ************************************* No one is in my office today, which means I can stand at the floor to ceiling windows for hours and watch the tilting of shadows. I look at Mark and frown with mild annoyance. ************************************* It's not that I don't enjoy conversations like these with my brother. It's just that he's dead. D-e-a-d. ************************************* And I suppose that's as good a bio as any.

MY RECENT POSTS

MAY 15, 2012 5:03PM

the death of carlos fuentes

Carlos Fuentes

b. November 11, 1928 – d. May 15, 2012 

 

May this stand as my tribute to you; may you never be lost to me.

 

C. Clark for The Rumpus.net, "The Last Book I Loved" published Mar. 7, 2011

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 1:30AM

twenty years

the Cherry Burn, a memoir by C. Clark (2012)

 

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APRIL 10, 2011 1:08AM

forever young

Where we going?

This way.

Yeah, but where?  It's hotter than fuck out here. 

Mark pulls off his t-shirt, tucks it at the back of his waistband, his exposed skin seared by the high afternoon sun.  I keep walking as he stops to light a cigarette,… Read full post »
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APRIL 7, 2011 2:22AM

in a dark, dark wood

"It is the silence, the waitingness of the place, that is so haunting; a quality all woods will have on occasion, but which is overwhelming here — a drama, but of a time span humanity cannot conceive. A pastness, a presentness, a skill with tenses theRead full post »
FEBRUARY 28, 2011 1:30AM

magnify & multiply

Why do you come to me with your questions, like you need me to tell you who to be? I do not pay attention to the musings of your little toy soldiers, I do not watch those playing cards as they flutter to your feet, and I certainly do not offer… Read full post »

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JULY 21, 2010 5:13AM

tell me all that I should know

“In life, the microphone passes your lips but once . . .
you had better be ready to sing.”
– David Foster Wallace


I look down as I shuffle across the polished hardwood floor.  From a distance, the stage of the auditorium appears shiny and new,… Read full post »
JULY 7, 2010 4:37AM

collaborate and listen

Heuton Memorial Chapel

 
Mark is emphatic when he says: Tell me that didn't happen.  That didn't happen, I comply.  Mark walks heavily away from me in a pace, meaning I know he's coming back for more.  He lets his shoulders drop and his hands swing dramatically at his sides,… Read full post »
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JULY 2, 2010 6:29PM

this is the thing

And the things that keep us apart,
    Keep me alive.
And the things that keep me alive,
    Keep me alone.
This is the thing.
        ~ Fink

I am walking 7th to Folsom, revealed by streetlamps that intermittently obstruct the night,
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JUNE 28, 2010 3:14AM

a language felt

 
It is June 27, 2010 and my stepfather is dying.  Every time my phone rings these days it is my mother, and I've stopped answering.  I don't call her back.  I cannot make the call.  To call is to be needed, and I cannot be needed.

Mark is sitting
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JUNE 25, 2010 2:58AM

what the eyes see

Technically, there is no limit to how far the human eye can see, and on a clear day from a vantage point high above sea level, one can just start to see the slightly downward curve of the earth.  I think of those kinds of animals, who I held pity for… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2010 4:29AM

signs of life

Mark wants to roll down the window.  I tell him not to, which means he is going to roll it down anyway.  Don't roll down the fucking window is the response I give him when he tries.  He huffs and slumps down into the corner of the backseat of my mother's… Read full post »

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JUNE 23, 2010 2:30AM

shape and sight


It is 1980 and my mother is beautiful.  

She is holding my four-year-old hand the way pack animals move their young by the neck, gentle yet prepared to grip.  Her body sways and I wrap myself around her leg thinking I will hold her up.  She gives my hand a
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JUNE 18, 2010 7:03PM

you, the five star chefs

I've spent all this time investing in something unseen, you know, like a man dressed in black with a business opportunity.

 

Mark chuckles a bit, as if he's got the in on a joke.  I wonder in that moment if it is love for my brother that keeps him here,… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2010 7:30PM

this is just where we go

Mark takes a long drag off his cigarette.  He is sitting on the floor next to my old desk, back hunched like a question mark as he thumbs the edges of color-coordinated book spines tucked nearby on an old shelf.  At the end of a row of neatly aligned black hardRead full post »