If you come at all,
you come to me in a dream.
A deep, violent, summer dream
of memory, humid to the touch.

Yet you exist, elusive as an eel,
and I awake as if thrust from the womb,
spinning and fumbing for familiarity.

At times, I see you in a dream
and I know you are real.
At times, I come unhinged
and real may not be as real
as my eyes, my ears would have me believe.

If I tether my soul to imagination,
will I find you in that dream?
Do you dream of me?

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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