Adrian Matejka

Etta Duryea


Papa loves Il Trovatore,

so he understood what

I meant when I said:

Di geloso amor sprezzato.


he grabbed my arm

like it was an engine wrench

& began to twist.


His face screwed up like

an engine wrench. I’m

leaving this like an engine

unhinged from its machine


leaves everything it loves.

Found In Volume 40, No. 04
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Adrian Matejka
About the Author

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, two grants from the Illinois Arts Council, and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. He is the Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington. His new collection of poems, Collectable Blacks, is forthcoming from Penguin USA in 2017.