Karyna McGlynn
“why it slides down the adder”
from Caketrain Issue 06

when every green D slides
down into its eventuality:          thankful, loveless

a water-headed mink
behind the driftwood                   slides under my knee
                                                           and waits like a vein

to skin me cold, to undo the Ds down my passage

words tethered to an antiquity which also slips!
from a footing less exact
the bounty which gathers above me, avian hunters

This is for his head     this water on it
                                                            this knot bag body
a woolen stocking

                                        slung on a low snowed fence
I meant, I mean, I…
can’t recap the bottle-green of my long undone Ds
the slipping fabric/cut on the bias/the tenuous grip

                                         that adder had
                                                        upon me

all along, mink’s broad blue head upending

                         own mouth          ,own knee          ,oh

Caketrain is a literary journal and press based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our interest is in bringing you, reader, the very best in contemporary creative writing, full stop. Our goals are for each issue of our journal to submerge you in a birthing tank for gelatinous language monsters, young masses of tentacular foci undulating as directed (in all, at once) by our eclectic stable of contributors; for each new book we publish to seduce and ensnare you, sometimes intangibly, always undeniably; and for you, reader, to be able to draw at least one passage from our banks that prods your mind with such precision and power that it feels as if it was written for your eyes alone. To wit and to whet, here is a snippet, a slight nip of our delicious lit mix:

Copyright 2003-2006 Caketrain Journal and Press. Rights to literature revert to their respective authors.
ISSN 1547-6839.

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