Cameron Morse: In and Out of Total Eclipse

Cameron Morse: In and Out of Total Eclipse
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Gray Scale


Slipping the disc from Saint Luke’s

into my laptop, I take

a God’s-eye view of my brain,

zoom in and out of my angel skull,

my oval of boneshine and its wrinkled


labyrinth. My lopsided eyeballs lapse

in and out of total eclipse, white goblin

ears lengthen and my nose falls off,

growing back, the beak

of a pelican. Black ventricles of spinal fluid


spread into butterfly wings

on a Rorschach test and recede

into silkworms. How tiny the tumor

seems from up here, the wisp of my first

white hair, the wisp of a cobweb. 

Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, he is currently a third-year MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His poems have been or will be published in over 50 different magazines, including New Letters, pamplemousse, Fourth & Sycamore and TYPO. His first collection, Fall Risk, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.