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The Gemini Trainer

Cate Whetzel reads "Green is a Fugative Color" and "The Gemini Trainer."

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Photo: public domain, from the Met's collection

"...The story of us began in the shuttle / of our mother's body, waiting for the hatch / to open on a far shore..."

“Your life is a painting
            in a dark museum
And sometimes you examine it
            closely”
                                    — Guillaume Apollinaire

Cate Whetzel has her M.F.A. from Indiana University. She taught poetry in Chicago as a Poet in Residence with the Poetry Center of Chicago, then followed up teaching at an independent high school in metro Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The National Poetry Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Damselfly Press, New SouthThe Louisville Review, and elsewhere. She creates museum programs and events for the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, a memorial dedicated to the American Impressionist and Hoosier Group painter in Nashville, Indiana. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, poet Ben Debus, and their children.

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