Clara Bade, 45, lives in Portland. She has three children, Zoe, Landon and Rylee, who are very supportive of her writing. Clara is a survivor of domestic violence. She served in the Navy Reserves as a Corpsman from 1985 - 1991 and also worked as a drug and alcohol counselor.
Clara first learned about our workshops from an ad in Street Roots. She participated in our workshop this summer for adults living on a low income or with a disability. Her poem, The Last Day, was published in our anthology, A Handful of Bright/Un puñado de brillo. A video featuring Clara and that poem follow:
The Last Day
by Clara Bade
The rim of night smelled like a sage goodbye
Everyone that lived and died inside the day
That rotated around us & fell away from time
With all the love and hate we committed between its edges
Like a drying riverbed, we erased from God’s landscape
There will be no rainforest eulogy to help us mend,
when the end is near
When did we begin to scavenge for scenery and solitude?
Pre-washed oxygen and resident gods?
Do we really look so pretty & smart in the end?
© 2012 Clara Bade & Write Around Portland
from our anthology, A Handful of Bright/Un puñado de brillo
"Because of Write Around Portland, I know now that I can keep going."
(right, with son Landon
and daughter Rylee)