Caleb J. Oakes
Extended Forms of Hunger
I want to watch a movie
with the ocean as the lead role.
I need the immensity of salt,
draught of coastal living;
but there is snow in my yard,
in the grasp of this land-locked state.
I’ve been drinking much wine and eating many olives.
This has to benefit me, my heart or my hair, or loosening
the timbre of my voice at least. Help my memories at least.
The night trains between Barcelona and Paris. Old world bitterness.
Romances that I believed had a chance. Across the chill Atlantic
for not even a kiss.
I’ve been reading much poetry and eating many oranges.
This must help my sanity at least, or my sense of beauty or my appreciation
for the taste of colors. I eat Brazil nuts and skim
the dictionary for words both elemental and evocative.
Fully formed words, words that gesture. Words that are their own
Two years later, three years later, my mouth is still a container for darkness.
I know what you see and what you say. I know my life has grown
like a fortress around me. Still, I raise a fork, a glass, a book to my mouth
and absence touches the tongue.
Caleb J. Oakes lives in Central Ohio, and is slightly uncooperative when it comes to talking about himself. He has a B.A. in creative writing from some university. How typical. He is unwilling to go any further in his formal studies because he believes that education is becoming far too industrialized. But that is just his opinion. Most days he looks for a bit of sunshine to sit in as he reads, or a bit of music to jam as he lifts weights in the garage. There's not much to tell. He prefers to be underestimated; appearing as a billow of smoke when he is actually the fire.
Deep Water Literary Journal
2015 - Issue 2 - August
Elizabeth Bodien (USA)
Chanel Brenner (USA)
Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)
Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)
S.E. Gale (Australia)
Gary Glauber (USA)
Clare Hepworth-Wain (England)
Strider Marcus Jones (England)
Robert S. King (USA)
Steve Klepetar (USA)
Ron. Lavalette (USA)
Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)
Rasmenia Massoud (France)
Catfish McDaris (USA)
Pat J Mullan (Ireland)
Christine Murray (Ireland)
Heather Mydosh (USA)
Caleb J. Oakes (USA)
David O’Neill (Ireland)
Rachel C. Peters (USA)
Mark Antony Rossi (USA)
Walter Ruhlmann (France)
John Saunders (Ireland)
Terry Savoie (USA)
Larry Schug (USA)
Pepper Swell (USA)
The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Ireland)