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  • Domestication of the Ceiling Fan
  • George David Clark (bio)

The octopus above our heads

spent all day eating what we fed

her all last night: the sweat we bled

in silence, confessions no one said,

our first poor sleep as newlyweds.

A glowing lobe is how she begs

the issue: what we’ll do instead

of fighting now that evening’s led

us back here, now we’ve finally read

a question from the tests ahead.

If you’ll reach up and pull the thread,

she’ll clink and jerk her flat black legs [End Page 44]

to ink night cool across our bed. [End Page 45]

George David Clark

george david clark’s first book, Reveille, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015, won the Miller Williams Prize, and his recent poems can be found in AGNI, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, Image, the New Criterion, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He edits 32 Poems and lives in Washington, Pennsylvania.



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