The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination 

Issue Seventeen

Selections from The Coconut Ape by Tomáš Přidal
The First Day of School by Steven Schutzman
The Fever by Gleyvis Coro
Reflecting Dreams by Peter Roberts
A Meal by Anca Szilagyi
Minor Renovations by Sean Adams
The Clafouti Syndrome by Adam Benforado
The Train by Alta Ifland
Viewing by David Zerby


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Reflecting Dreams
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Ebony
by Peter Roberts


In an amorphous, white, mist-enshrouded world, she exists as a railroad train wrapped in bleached muslin. I am there in the same form. We make love. During our encounter, the narrator—a disembodied, British-accented, male voice—describes our sexual activities in logistical terms.

After our first sexual act, the boxcars, tank cars, gondola cars, and so on, of which we are composed, rearrange in preparation for a second round of intercourse. After the reconfiguration is complete, and we are once again wrapped in muslin, we make love a final time. The narrator continues his description, comparing the economic advantages and disadvantages of the two different configurations we have used.




Peter Roberts has poems forthcoming in Timber Creek Review and SubtleTea, and has had poems and stories published in a number of literary magazines, including Illumen, Santa Clara Review, Ship of Fools, Ars Medica, The Sidewalk's End, Number One, Abyss & Apex, Homestead Review, Poesy, Chaffin Journal, Octavo, Blue Fifth Review, The Paumanok Review, Poem, Tryst, Lullaby Hearse, Lily, The Wisconsin Review, Bitter Oleander, Nebo, The William and Mary Review, Small Pond, New York Quarterly, Star*Line, and Confrontation, and in Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press).


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