Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Travis Lau


"Dogeza"
 


Certain wisdom
           can be received only
under duress:

a deeper
bow marks
the sincerity of an
                               apology.

Only for what
      ritual
it makes out of
exposure
    curdling into
                        weakness.

So I prostrate myself
until I feel the cool
                                kiss
of forehead
           upon tile,
until I feel useful on
                       my knees.

Crowns fall,
             sweet groveling,
queer deference:

to take comfort
     at your feet.


Travis Chi Wing Lau recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English and will be a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Texas at Austin beginning in Fall 2018. His research interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, the history of medicine, and disability studies. His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, Digital Defoe, and English Language Notes. His creative writing has appeared in Wordgathering, Assaracus, The New Engagement, The Deaf Poets Society, Up the Staircase Quarterly and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. [travisclau.com]