The Works of Clinton Van Inman 

Clinton Van Inman was born in England in 1945, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977. He is currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay. He lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife, Elba. His recent publications include Poetry, BlackCatPoems, The Inclement, The Tower Journal, The Beatnik, Down in the Dirt, Hudson View, and Indiana University Spirits to name a few.   


All Poems © Clinton Van Inman

Plato’s Cave

Of course the rooms are filled with shadows
While lazar lights and computer programs prove
More cost effective than fire yet the cardboard
Cut-outs and the curtains have remained the same
As well as those old lies that trees are real,
That the way out really goes somewhere,
That math leads more than circles,
And that the Wizard himself is behind the curtains
Keeping the whole domino world from collapsing.
Yet only a few poets and down and outers dare climb
The arduous way out as most prefer
To sit and argue about living conditions
And have learned to love the rope
Or some other back door reality.