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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The Box

It is a clear plastic box, with a yellow grated top
to let the air in. He traps a moth but cannot leave
it alone. He drops a stone, a clod of dirt, a single

blade of grass. He gives the whole thing a shake,
tosses it back and forth between tiny pink hands.
He takes it by the wings, dusty and dry between

his fingers. He peers into its dull and black eyes.
The moth does not look back and I cannot look
at either of them. He has kept us as well: mother

and father, to look closely into our eyes, to paw
and pick off our clothes, to examine each thorax,
abdomen, skull and recent distant metamorphosis.

We beat on the walls until our hands become too
soggy and bruised  to continue. Exhausted, we sit
in front of windows as the sky darkens and fireflies

begin to dance beneath the maples. I desperately
search the house. He will want a jar. He will want
holes punched into the lid. He will want forceps.