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Sean Thomas Dougherty

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Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty’s most recent book is The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions, 2018). He is also the author of several other poetry collections, including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014 (BOA Editions, 2014), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (BOA Editions, 2010), and Broken Hallelujahs (BOA Editions, 2007). He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

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I crawled into bed and closed my eyes and not long after heard the small hooves of the horses, the tiny ones that gallop in our dreams, or are they the dreams of our children, galloping through the black ruins. Everything we do is against the crippling light. To hear them cry at night
I dreamed I was a mannequin in the pawnshop window 
      of your conjectures.

I dreamed I was a chant in the mouth of a monk, saffron-robed
      syllables in the religion of You.

I dreamed I was a lament to hear the deep sorrow places
      of your lungs.

I dreamed I was your bad instincts.

I dreamed I was