Poetry. Between his poems, Clemens Starck reflects upon the act of language: Trying to grasp another language is tantalizing. It requires considerable guesswork, becoming itself an act of imagination. The museum described in the next poem is a fiction, a metaphor, a composite of the various museums I visited in Russia. The tour is a fantasy. In fact, Russian history itself is a kind of strange fairy tale or fantasy. What began as a whim, learning the Russian language, became an obsession for Claemens Starck, a process by which to fathom a baffling nation. Clemens Starck works as a carpenter at Oregon State University in Corvallis and teaches poetry classes at Willamette University.
Clemens Starck was born in 1937. A Princeton dropout and former merchant seaman, he has supported his literary and intellectual interests for more than fifty years by working with his hands, mainly as a carpenter and construction foreman. He is the author of six books of poetry, including STUDYING RUSSIAN ON COMPANY TIME, OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS, and CATHEDRALS & PARKING LOTS: COLLECTED POEMS, and has performed his poems widely throughout the West. In 1998, Starck was the Witter Bynner Fellow at Willamette University and received both the Wiliam Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and the Oregon Book Award in Poetry for his collection, Journeyman's Wages (Story Line Press, 1995). A widower, he has three grown children and lives on forty-some acres in the foothills of the Coast Range in western Oregon.
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