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  April 2019
volume 16 number 1
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  Michelle Angelini
  luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
  Jack G. Bowman
  Lynne Bronstein
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Anna Cates
  Beverly M. Collins
  Chella Courington
  David Flynn
  Paul Hellweg
  Glenn Ingersoll
  Scott C. Kaestner
  lalo kikiriki
  John Leonard
  Cynthia Linville
  Marieta Maglas
  Xavier McIves
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  bc petrakos
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  David Scriven
  Megha Sood
  Terrence Sykes
  Perry Terrell
  Tim Tipton
  Davide Trame
  Roman Tunkel
  mailing list
Anna Cates
April 2019



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    Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her first collection of poetry, The Meaning of Life, was published by, and her second, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. Individual poems by Anna Cates have appeared in Abyss & Apex, Codex, Blueline, Frogpond, Specs, Yarn Review, Matter Press, and other avenues. She lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches education and English online, including graduate courses in creative writing. Visit her at her Amazon author’s homepage:

Anna Cates



The Elephant & The Lotus

dear mr. ripley,
the best surprise is no surprise
no futuristic manifestos
beyond the fantastic
no colors on fire
dancing on mystic waters
no concrete vernacular
for abstract concepts
a rose is a rose is a rose
hypermental rampant reality
beyond vanished kingdoms
retail nonfictions

thus, good sir,
in this era of protest
in the shadow of conflict
hoaxes, humbugs, and spectacles
the carnival remains within
a rainbow dream
the elephant and the lotus
imaginary components
facing Eden
generation 1.5

and to conclude, kind gent,
things are just as they seem
the local color
material matters
no abracadabra
under mountains and moonlight
love is a golden half
placed properly
in artificial light
the simple one-cent life

copyright 2018 Anna Cates