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My Friend He

John Lee Clark

is so fierce

ly independent that he

shied away from the auto

matic sliding doors and he

walked around until he

found a window he 

could pry open and climb

through to get inside and climb

the stairs to my apart

ment so he

could refuse dinn

er because I cook

ed it and so we

could have a nice vi


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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). His poems have appeared recently in American Poetry Review, The Nation, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry International, Shenandoah, and other venues. He lives in Hopkins, Minnesota, with his partner, the ASL Deaf artist Adrean Clark, and their three sons.