"Citizen of the Cosmos" by Cindy Rinne

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Citizen of the Cosmos

She locks me in the musty bookstore alone with Poetry, Fantasy, and Art. The window sign reads backwards under the carved streetlamp. I feel the light of the universe upon me, an asteroid burns. Inside my eye sockets, flashlights dim in the yellow glow. Sad that images from Mars stop transmitting. I swoop to touch every title card like a list poem and control this intricate cosmos. Feline hides, not having to please. Breathe in, sit on the floor. Breathe out, reach for a book. I discover a graphic novel— part fantasy, part manga— with smooth paper. The smell of time / non-time. Where do I fit in the story? It’s raining harder. This mirror cave buckles. I push back dusty corpses. Objects fuse and crush. Yell to escape the letterpress past. Forget how to spell or to cast one. Is that hail? I have pillows for lungs. Pages turn in my veins. Alphabets as tongue. I own my body etched from a generation of stars. Lights flash at the edge of my sight. She purchased scraps for the cat. The latch catches.

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Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She is Poet-in-Residence for the Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery in Silver Lake, CA. Cindy is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of seven books: Mapless, with Nikia Chaney (Cholla Needles Press), Moon of Many Petals (Cholla Needles Press), Listen to the Codex (Yak Press), and others. She was a finalist for the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, unpsychology magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Halcyone Literary Review, several anthologies, and others. Her website is www.fiberverse.com.

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