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James A. Clark

Paper Fortune Teller

If I could fold myself
back on myself again
and again, if I could turn
the whole thing over

and fold it backward,
backward, back
to the beginning,
I’d write your name

under every flap
and every day
I’d tell myself
This is my fortune.

James A. Clark earned his BFA in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently working as a professor of English in Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

James A. Clark

While She’s Tending Bar

Bono comes through the speakers
singing about mysterious ways
as she mixes her many potions
with careless liquid grace,
and I think she’s perfect—
until I catch her from the corner
of my eye, sweet-talking some suit,
putting on a phony Southern Belle,
bird-dogging the tip jar,
and then I know for sure.

James A. Clark earned his BFA in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently working as a professor of English in Nacogdoches, Texas.