Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Joseph Spece


"Cat on the Wall"


 

Zookeeper, listen: invisibility

     is a strange success

                                 & not mine.

 

de profundis

it sings

                                         de profundis

                                         de profundis

                                           

The whet of galling &

        a fell

a gruesome & harrowing comport

                       is it not

           mine, it might be—

 

& of matins in moorland

& spike bent through the sluice

 

                                  Is it mine

                                  this body

     though the worm will have it

 

 


"Exhibit: Gay"


 

             Me, caught etiolating celery.


Never enough was it to wrap in blue paper

and shut the icebox drawer No

 

                       but I must turn over my sack of rice


                       let the grains pour out with a hiss

 

lay the unthinkable beets in deep bags.


 

Some renter sends a query note: A rather sad cache has dug in

                                since you've gone away.

 

I’m in receipt. I lift face from your empty flannel and read.

 


"EXHIBIT: A Man"


 

                            The maquette

                            was first


 

Wire clipped and worked

 

out of ovoid

 

      to the rough shape

 

                    of a canoe


 

laid in oak

 

forty-three inches in height

 

Set on the heaths

 

     to seal

 

     and how


 

                     the rain poured over it

    

        quenchlessly

 

 


Joseph Spece is editor at Fathom Books and the SHARKPACK imprints. His first volume of poems, Roads, appeared in 2013; a shortbook, my centigrade is like a captive star, is forthcoming from Pyramid in 2017.