Interview: Shadow

Required: nothing. No bloody
chair, no truncheon, no white

light. No pen, no pad. No
evidence. No electronic

gadget. Reverse the silvered
mirror. Scour the room

so not a trace of dust
or ambiguity remains.

Draw the drapes. Or leave them.
With or without light, Shadow

spills all syllables—
dark mouth of your heart . . .

JUDITH H. MONTGOMERY lives in Bend, Oregon. Her books are Passion, which received the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, Red Jess, and Pulse & Constellation. Her work will be included in a forthcoming special portfolio, “Women and the Global Imagination,” from Prairie Schooner. These poems are from a new manuscript, Cicatrix; she has accepted a residency at Playa to complete the manuscript.