Arlene Naganawa
“She Deals”
from Caketrain Issue 03

slipping the knave
from her sleeve.

He conjures a rabbit
in white-gloved air.

This dream, they whisper,
has a trapdoor.

Many tricks,
old and enticing.

Here, you can cut a life in two—
She fans open

his knife bouquet.
—or mend it.


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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