Michael O'Shaughnessy

Portland, Oregon

Michael O'Shaughnessy moved from New York to Oregon in 2000. He worked in advertising for Community Newspapers in the Portland area for a decade. From 2007-2011, he and his wife wrote a gonzo cooking column called "In the Sellwood Kitchen" for a neighborhood newspaper, The Sellwood Bee. He lives with his wife, two cats, a dog and a Subaru in Clackamas County.

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On Twitter: @mroshaugh

On Instagram: @oshpublib

The Fish Beneath the Fire
Michael O'Shaughnessy

"The river's on fire," said my son. The river did seem to be on fire, if you were only looking at the river.


"No, the sky is," I told him. A reflection from above. He shrugged his shoulders.


He didn't ask why the sky was on fire, just bowed his head over the rowboat's side and continued looking for fish. Small, darting, the color of the river bed, the fish beneath the fire, the river beneath the fire.


My eyes toward the sky, waiting for the fire to come down.

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