Ratcatcher, by Ed Coletti

for Francis Jammes (1868-1938)



fly infestation
speckling sun-bleached
living room walls

for example
the me-poisoned
decomposing rat
beneath the floor?
within a wall?

when flies finish
rat flesh
does matter count
entropy demanding at least
some foul cooking pungency?

beneath the floor
within a wall?
no odor here tips me to
where dying rats retire
to transform.


Ed Coletti studied under Robert Creeley in  San Francisco (1970-71).  Recent poems appear in The Brooklyn RailNorth American Review, SpillwayBig Bridge, and Kentucky Review. Most recent poetry collection The Problem With Breathing(Edwin Smith Publishing –Little Rock- 2015).

Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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