semantikon feature literature
May 2009:
Mick Parsons Guest Editor
Matthew Zetter
1. Evening Song
2. The Box
3. Fractures
4. Instructions to a Child on a Swing
5. On Finding Maggots at the Bottom of a Trash Can

Jose Zarate
1. Excerpt from script The Smugglers
About Matthew Vetter:
Matthew Vetter is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous regional and national journals including The Louisville Review, Midwest Quarterly, and the Poetry Foundation's syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. He lives in Morehead, Kentucky with his wife and two children. You can read and see more of him at:


About Jose Zarate:
Jose Zarate graduated with a BFA in Intermedia with an emphasis on Video Production and Computer Animation.  He has worked as a Graphic Desinger, Computer Animator.  Currently he teaches at Mesa Community College as Adjunct Faculty.  His current writings focus on the Mexican American borders and its people. 
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Evening Song

It is good to walk in the dark,
holding a small child who cries
because he wants to be held.
His brother has brought the blade
of the scissors to the manes
and tales of the toy horses.

He has scattered the dark hairs
across the playroom floor.
I have wanted to turn the mouth

of the baby to my chest, let
him latch my lack of breast.
No more? I was never

his mother. I am his father.
Brother, run your blade across
my torso, it lets nothing

but blood. We must mutilate
ourselves. We must fail and bring
about failure, father to son,

and son to father. We must take
walks in the dark hallway,
the length of what is blue.