Winter 2006-7

Olga Abella

A Different Place

You can’t speak
to ghosts in living
language, but in dreams
words dissolve like mist
over dry skin, and voice
is exhaled by cells, bone, spirit
for a moment of remembering
something lost.
Only in sleep
the haunting can stop
the ache
of what you want to forget.


Olga Abella teaches literature and creative writing at EasternIllinoisUniversity, and is editor of Karamu. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Calyx, NaturalBridge, The MacGuffin, The Long Island Quarterly,, black dirt, Urban Spaghetti and others.


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