Charles O'Hay

The Shadows of Cambria

The moths have eaten all the shadows in Cambria. Open a closet and you are staring into a blast furnace. Peer up the sleeve of your winter coat and you will find the sun. It is not uncommon to turn one's socks inside out and use them for birthday candles. The mailman carries a magnesium torch beneath his hat. Darkness is sold by the ounce, and the line stretches to the horizon.

Dream Analysis

"I keep having the same woman," said the dream. "She walks through me every night. She laughs and cries as though my heart were her lover. She's visited every room in my mouth. Once I coughed up one of her screams. Every one of my mirrors has her face in it. When I smoke she cries like ash. Can you give me something, doctor? She's under my geraniums. She's scratching at my window. I'm afraid to go to sleep."

Author Portrait

Charles O’Hay is a published author of two poetry collections from Lucky Bat Books: Far from Luck (2011) and Smoking in Elevators (2014). His work has appeared in over a hundred and forty publications, including The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Cortland Review, and Gargoyle.

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