He sets the globe / adrift in the grass


By Matthew Stark

Boy notes with precision his surroundings
the wooden desk loose in the grass

boy draws the hard pulse of the grain
capillaries filling with ink the pen

that blade into the wood of a tree
the grasses in relation to the blade

the desk sidles up to his legs the way
the sun falls in particles here and slow

in a wave there draws small black arrow
to denote how light reflects off the plain

white surface of the lake boy did not draw
a single line there and yet the surroundings


suggest a surface resonant and smooth


Matthew Stark wrote his first poem while shoveling snow in Monument, Colorado. He recently graduated with an MFA from the University of South Carolina as a James Dickey Fellow. His work appears or is forthcoming in Jasper, Roanoke Review, Blue Fifth Review, Mantis, and JERRY Magazine.