Matina L. Stamatakis – 3 poems



You make the good mirror blue. The way you look at specifics without actually looking:

spidery vessels, pictographs of the world, human gestures & undulations.
I know – is not completely naked – a dazzling of war, as it was, the results of a tourist who invents god.  & I go home devoid of His light.

I see the yellow-bellied grackle as a thorn in all hidden places, & it may be feeding the black for it is almost as tender as the fear of injury.  To bleed-out this beet-scar—cicatrix.  What’s ears before the voice screeches doubt that you are in my eyes?

Also known to conflict with the line of sight





Her belly,  unencumbered by little hairs
& navel; a deep canyon of     want──   water-
    less deluge   romanticized the gape

thread from


                   thread from





               curlicued this

outward spiral
         / twin helix

                                      the  branches

      spring withdrew from us

                  all rejectamenta –

  a damp ivy device

within the severity of

your mouth,  no youth

                to  babble

& the fingers

    a suspicious knot

of knuckles
 seem to say

                              how do I get
                         no evil?



Matina L. Stamatakis is a freelance photographer and writer currently residing in upstate New York.  Some of her works have been featured in Free Verse, Word for/ Word, Moria, Drunken Boat, and others.  She is the author of Metempsychose (Ypolita Press, 2009), and EoS (Oystercatcher Press, 2010).

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