Cammy Thomas


After growing up on Long Island, Cammy was educated primarily in California, receiving her BA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA from San Francisco State University. She wrote her PhD dissertation on the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. An MFA followed, from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has taught literature and creative writing for many years, and lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped Cammy complete her second book, Inscriptions. Her third book, Tremors, was published September, 2021.  All are published by Four Way Books. Her poems have recently appeared in Image, Poetry Porch, Amsterdam Quarterly, Gravel, and Compose, and in the anthology, Poems in the Aftermath (Indolent Books). Source

French Toast

ah my mother used to make it

with eggs and milk

and stale white bread


slid onto a plate with

Log Cabin fake maple syrup

and I always wanted more


to disappear what troubled me

the man under the moon

the man in our living room


make enough spitting bacon

to forget the broken gameboards

splintered bat


missing family car

his vanishings and sudden returns

smelling of other rooms


my mother’s tears

over the stove

her catchy milky breath





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Childhood & Coming of Age



Memory & The Past

Violence & War

Literary Devices:


The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work