Two Sonnets by Kat Cameron

Man of the West
        William Frederick Cody (1846-1917)

	how do you like your blue-eyed boy
		Mister Death
		“Portrait VIII” e.e. cummings

The hologram wavers in the first room
of the museum, a bearded man 
wearing a grey suit and a white Stetson.
He welcomes us to his mausoleum

of history, his stagecoach, Wild West
posters festooned with his smiling face
his buffalo stickpin in a glass case,
the most famous showman of the west.

This tomb to the afterlife has the booty
of the Pharaohs: costumes, jewelry, 
paeans of praise. The blue-eyed boy
memorialized in the name of the city.

Look through his transparent image. Listen
to the vanished voices behind him.






Annie’s Gun
      Annie Oakley Butler (1860-1926)


Sometimes I want a gun. Freud said
a woman wants a penis, but only a dick 
would believe this. A penis is a limp sack
of flesh, laughable at times, appealing
when rampant, but really, not the raw pack
of power that some men seem to think.

No, we want a gun. Annie knew this
with her customized Lancaster rifle, 
silver initials on the stock, the gun
an extension of her self, obliterating
society’s blue glass balls: Orphan, wham!
Poor, wham! Female, wham!
Flashing the power of the gun, she
smashed the signs of imposed identity.

Kat Cameron has published poems in several literary journals, including CV2, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, Room, and The South Dakota Review. Her collection of poetry Strange Labyrinth was published by Oolichan Books in 2015.