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John Lee Clark is the author of the essay collection Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience (Handtype Press, 2014) and the poetry chapbook Suddenly Slow (Handtype Press, 2008). He is a Braille instructor and Pro-Tactile trainer living in Hopkins, Minnesota.

At the Holiday Gas Station

Near the Naked Juices I passed
A man my fingers walking
Across his back he turned and held up
A box said what
Might this be I said oh
You’re tactile too what’s your name
He said William Amos Miller I said
I thought you were born in 1872 he said so
You know who I am yes you’re the man
Who journeyed to the center of Earth
In your mind he smiled on my arm said do
You know that the Earth also journeyed
To the center of my mind I said
I never thought of that he asked
Again about the box I shook it sniffed
Said Mike and Ike is it fruit
He inquired not exactly well
I think I shall have an apple wait
You haven’t paid oh
My money nowadays is no money he pushed
Outside we walked across the ice
To the intersection he made to go across
Wait you can’t go across we have to wait
For help oh help he said crouching
Until our hands touched the cold ground
He said I said we said we see
With our hands I jumped up and said you’re the man

Copyright © 2018 John Lee Clark. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2018 John Lee Clark. Used with permission of the author.

John Lee Clark

John Lee Clark

John Lee Clark is the author of the essay collection Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience (Handtype Press, 2014).

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For a DeafBlind person
Other than the food the people the shops
And all that

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Part one young
Question mother father
Know right name
Work some day

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Is in the pot and growing
Sweeter as it relaxes
Its grip

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When we say good morning
In Japanese
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