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'Hazard Response'

Poet Billy Collins calls Tom Clark "the lyric imp of American poetry, [who] has delivered many decades' worth of goofy, melancholic, cosmic, playful, and wiggy poems." A former editor of the Paris Review, Clark has also written critical biographies of Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson. He lives in Berkeley.

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

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