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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jose zarate, matthew vetter, poet, playrwright, mesa arizona, moreland kentucky, guest editor mick parsons

On Finding Maggots at the Bottom of the Trash Can            

Somehow, the sight was enough.
I can still feel them,
first on my sandaled feet,

a small phantom itch, and later
when I acknowledge it, static
and pin-pricks all over my body.

I did not touch one, only
washed them out with the hose,
my thumb covering the mouth

to create a powerful spray 
that loosened their wriggling
bodies. Writing it all down,

it occurs to me that this
is yet another deed
that fails to merit mention

like a small theft or large
masturbation, for example,
or just good old-fashioned

self-deprecation. I’m afraid
I can’t keep my mouth shut
and if no one ever reads this,

that’s okay, in fact, maybe
it’s for the best. I wouldn’t
wish this itch on anyone.