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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  William Allegrezza
  Alan Britt
  Anna Cates
  Charles Claymore
  Beverly M. Collins
  Timothy Paul Evans
  Mark A Fisher
  Kathie Giorgio
  Terry McCarty
  Christine Murray
  Christopher Neal
  Brian Rihlmann
  John D Robinson
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Howard Sage
  Sanjeev Sethi
  Mark States
  Davide Trame
  Amy Uyematsu
  Patricia Walsh
  Viola Weinberg
  Kirby Wright
  Umar Yogiza Jr
  Jim Young
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Anna Cates
November 2019



art by sonjaye maurya

    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



Vestigial Recapitulation

Phylogeny recapitulates ontogeny
The gill slips of embryology
Heart beating forward into life
And sometimes I, too, feel a tad vestigial
My own heart caged like a rat in ribs
A tetrapod, loping from Walmart aisle to aisle
Lunging for a musk melon
With my interlocking spinal spurs like a T-Rex
Probing the fish tank of what-I-once-was
With my five-digit frog hands
Fogging up the glass, and when I’m out of gas?
Primate pelvis holding together my umph
I galumph on over to the lounge chair
Triumphant with my cherry passion fruit iced tea—
One limb draped (ooh-la-la!) over the arm rest—
One bone on top and two below like the flipper of a cetacean
I breathe through two nostrils—I’m not a crustacean
I scuttle like a lizard beneath the red dawn
And sigh, hissing yesssssss like a (my tetrapod brother) snake

copyright 2019 Anna Cates