My heart’s not the family Bible

Love is a fine calibration

like an angel in a play, like an angel / that’s a boy done up in robes and phosphorous, uneasy in the harness,

lowered on cue by a thick grunt / offstage. I mean it’s not a revelation but a show lovingly designed

to give you the experience / of revelation.

Christopher Todd Matthews, “Mad Scientist in Love,” Mid-American Review XXXIII Number 1, out now.