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Student ENG 210 SEC 732 Cheryl Clarke “Nothing” Cheryl Clarke “Nothing” In Clarke’s poem, nothing , she describes her desperation to keep her current lover interested. Clarke lists all the things she’s willing to do to solidify their relationship. It’s worth noting that a number of Clarke’s offers may have been suggested to her by past lovers. It is not unheard of for partners that are more interested in a physical relationship than an emotional connection to demand more exciting play in the bedroom. At times, even going as far as to imply that these are mandatory acts to keep them invested in the relationship. Women have at times been expected to offer more than what they are willing to give to keep a partner, particularly a male lover, interested. In the piece, Clarke offers to bear children, have anal sex, dress the way her partner desires, even entertain a drug addiction. Any of the aforementioned tasks could be an uncomfortable, undesirable last ditch effort to tie someone to you but all of them could signify a
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