Anna Cates


full moon in four time zones 
he calls me

stockrooms of oddities—
his hazel eyes gleaming

one man's trash
another's treasure:
casket crucifix

vintage embalmer . . .  
at his behest I read to him 
a horror 

alone in the quiet
the touch of his hand . . . 
cold turkey

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 collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by Cyberwit Press, and her second poetry collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. Her collection of previously published haibun, The Golem & the Nazi, recently appeared via Red Moon Press, and her collection of sci-fi/religion-themed poems, The Journey, via Resource Publications, also the publisher of her forthcoming collection, Love in the Time of Covid: Poems of Spiritual Introspection. She currently resides in Wilmington with her two cats, Freddie and Fifi, and teaches online writing, literature, and graduate education.
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