Melissa Ginsburg
“Pink Book”
from Caketrain Issue 04

A factory makes maps and calendars
next to a field containing hay bales.
Inside it seasons. It summers.
The future rolls out of a machine.
In the yard, on the weekend
grapevines climb the tiger lilies.
A sunflower sprout grown too tall,
its top leaves resting in the blown wet soil.
And near, a chair. Tornado
a little west of here. And a book,
the typesetting crooked. In Florida
a poem by Elizabeth Bishop. The book
is a pink book. It winters over.
A year. Dormant sapling planted.
City died, baby grew.

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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