Matthew Moniz

The Scientist

She initiates inverse palmar

and flings her spoon from the tray.

It falls to the floor. She hears the sound.

Highchair hypothesis: things go down.

The Big Ones reach down and return

the spoon to her. She drops again.

The spoon comes back. She drops again

and shrieks a laugh. She drops again.

Each variable—carrot, cup, small bear–

is returned. Milk One and No-milk One

both demonstrate this behavior—

analysis ongoing. Current conclusion:

people and things must be permanent


She sits, pushing at the boundaries

replicably, scraping away the fog

with a little light at a time—


the world mostly falls

and things fall into place.

Matthew Moniz recently received his PhD in poetry from the University of Southern Mississippi. Originally from the DC area, he holds an MFA and MA from McNeese State University and a BA from Notre Dame. Among other national and international journals, Matt’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, Meridian, Tupelo Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, and minnesota review. He has been awarded Poetry by the Sea’s Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Crown Contest prize and the SCMLA Poetry Prize and grown in workshops with Tin House and the Community of Writers.

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