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The total wonder of the mute other:
a Japanese snow monkey the size
of a football washing its food in the river,
dipping its food into the saltwater
to give it more flavor. Onlookers like
the idea and start doing the same
thing as the smallest one keeps protesting,
shivering on a log with its arms
and legs crossed, its hands balled-up while
its fingers and toes remain a strict
non-language. This can save me, I think
to myself, using the words in my mind
that I can’t leave behind. One monkey
rolls an actual snowball. It’s not a symbol.

Anthony Opal  

Anthony Opal’s recent poems can be found in Poetry, Sixth Finch, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Laurel, and his daughter, Eleanor. He also edits The Economy, an online journal of new writing and art, and TAG, an ongoing experiment. [www.anthonyopal.com].

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Anthony Opal. "Sonnet." Cream City Review 37.2 (2013): 38-38. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Opal, A.(2013). Sonnet. Cream City Review 37(2), 38. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Anthony Opal. "Sonnet." Cream City Review 37, no. 2 (2013): 38-38. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 20, 2014).
T1 - Sonnet
A1 - Anthony Opal
JF - Cream City Review
VL - 37
IS - 2
SP - 38
EP - 38
PY - 2013
PB - Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
SN - 2166-014x
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cream_city_review/v037/37.2.opal.html
N1 - Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
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