Broadsides: Naomi Clark

This lovely poet who died in 1992 at the age of 59 earned  English degrees ( BA, MA from SJSU and PhD from UC Santa Cruz), taught at SJSU where she developed the San Jose Poetry Workshop. The on-campus library in the old home of poet Edwin Markham (SJSU) is named the Naomi Clark Library.   Limited edition. Signed lower left by the poet.  (9 and 1.2″ X 11 and 1.2″ )

The poem reads:

The Woman Who Makes Eyes by Naomi Clark

Then even as we are known

We shall know.

Born blind,
By touch she made eyes for herself,
Piece by tiny mosaic piece,
Facet by facet.
Now she polishes lenses,
Joins them;  breeds rose windows,
Odor all new.
Her face lacked even sockets.
She cut through bone,
Constructed twin caves,
Planted new membrane, nerves.
She connects it all.
Her green eyes taste green,
Lemon, cinnamon, every leaf,
The sleep of water, sky’s walk,
Every curve of earth’s face.
Though it hurt more than death,
From this dark
She did look out.
With her eyes we see.