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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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  home   (archived)
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  Gary Beck
  Jack G. Bowman
  Sir Mark Bruback
  JR Campbell
  Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
  Darren C Demaree
  Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  Raymond Fenech
  Gerda Govine Ituarte
  Grant Guy
  Hedy Habra
  Danielle Harper
  JD Hart
  Tom Irish
  Kait Jensen
  Michael Lee Johnson
  Elisabeth Khan
  Ron Lucas
  Suzanne O'Connell
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  E. Martin Pedersen
  John D Robinson
  Miriam Sagan
  Rishan Singh
  Spencer Smith
  Ann Christine Tabaka
  Viola Weinberg
  Cade Williams
  Terry Wolverton
  Bill Yarrow
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Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
November 2017



    Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet who is a recent graduate of MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Frontier Poetry, The Wild Word and one of his poems was named the winner of Subterranean Blue Poetry’s 2016 "The Children of Orpheus" Anthology/Contest. You can connect with Adrian on his website:
Adrian Ernesto Cepada



Book Like My Woman

Flipping towards our introduction,
I like to feel, running fingers
up and down under the table of her contents.
I rarely gloss over her glossary -
Her dedications are equally essential.
Sometimes, between the hanging end lines,
are her most novel ideas— exhaled meaning
from her quixotic prose. Give me

the rarest edition, wrinkled ear
bent pages. Give me the anti-heroine
protagonist -No damsels or princesses
with crowns that never age.
I want to find her middle spot,
and dive inside, to unravel her
erotic subplots. Give me
the deepest climax and I will return,
over and over to her, my favorite
chapter. Tickling I love my tomes

heavy—I’m a hardback lover;
her pages grip me as I trace
trying to find the where her
spine loves hiding her softest
space. She feels like a library
book, often handled but never
checked out. I long to open her,
licking the edges and bookmarking
her skin by showing how much
I love the feel of her sweetest preface.

copyright 2017 Adrian Ernesto Cepeda