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Patrick Cahill

One Way or Another

The hawthorn stripped, one red berry and one red leaf, the hawk’s cry exhausted in your throat, an accident of flight, down by the river, the jay mimicking a table saw, you slip your hand into a pocket of evidence, touch the ticket, a landscape of footprints and dark reliefs, your voice a branch repeating its leaved echoes, its wing’s dark edge, binding the hollow air, the body you’ve sketched beneath your lids, you look for the sky, vanished once again for a moment, then pirouette, drop the frayed ticket in the trash.

Patrick Cahill’s The Machinery of Sleep (Sixteen Rivers Press) came out in 2020. His prose and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A cofounder and editor of Ambush Review, he was also a contributing editor for the Sonoma County anthology Digging Our Poetic Roots. Patrick received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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