To a Woman
In Homer's day the Greeks believed
dreams had to cross one of two thresholds:
Those of false prognostication,
of misinformation meant to be the pedestal
for tragedy to step up to,
issued through the Gate of Ivory.
Those of canny guidance, which
lowered the dreamer into oracular depths
and brought him back up, dripping,
entered through the Gate of Horn.
Which gate did you come by?
Vincent Czyz is the author of a collection of short fiction (winner of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Best in Small Press), a novel, a novella, and an essay collection. He is also the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts, the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction (Allan Gurganus judging), and the Capote Fellowship at Rutgers University. His short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Tampa Review, Tin House, and Copper Nickel, among other publications. He has placed poetry in The Atlanta Review, Chelsea, and Skidrow Penthouse.