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Roast Chicken


I snuggle into mechanics,

chopping up breasts and rubbing flesh

from the neck, then scooping the heart.

A Sunday task, it absorbs me

till I find the flimsy wishbone.



© Matthew Stewart, previously published in The Knives of Villalejo (Eyewear Publishing, 2017) and Inventing Truth (HappenStance Press, 2011)

Picture 10144857, photograph by Tony Boxall, 1970s, image copyright Mary Evans / Tony Boxall Collection



Matthew Stewart works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between Extremadura and West Sussex. His first collection, The Knives of Villalejo, was published by Eyewear in June 2017. He blogs at: