A Creation Myth Suddenly Gone Awry

by Maria Matuscak

Maria Matuscak is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and completed her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. Following that, she moved to Windsor, Ontario, which enjoys a small but vibrant writing community. Her work has previously appeared in The Windsor Review, The Oakland Review, and the online publication OffSIDE

Zoom in: an incestuous embrace

on the grave-plate. Our lovers have been

waiting a long time. You have to leave

out a lot to catch the most important

things. For instance: here is the real Maria

Matuscak. She stops at the corner mart

every afternoon for a bottled latte while uncut

grass fondles the plump blue vein

at the top of her foot.

Someday she will kill

someone; no one knows she has it

in her. The hands that cup her breasts

are her own, her fingers are too wrinkled

for her youth. The smell of sex clings

to her hair, she washes it with everything

from tomato juice to orange blossom, until

finally she cuts it all off. She knows

what it is like to keep a secret

until you vomit. How perfectly her toenails

fit into the engraved letters

on her grandfather’s nameplate! Be wary

of her, she may use strangeness to lure

you away from sentimentality. Surface

tension—that’s what keeps rainwater

from spilling over the edge of a too-full

vase. That’s what keeps Maria from

breaking down the walls.


Maria Matuscak is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and completed her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. Following that, she moved to Windsor, Ontario, which enjoys a small but vibrant writing community. Her work has previously appeared in The Windsor Review, The Oakland Review, and the online publication OffSIDE

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