brown cattle on green lawn grass during daytime

James Garza


 is there something erotic about destroying the
 we roll up our sleeves past the shoulder
          & impishly 
                            plunge arms into 
                                                     the cow
 our fingers meet by chance
                           (in the reticulum)
         & we look up
 and I think that’s how you know
                                                      you know?
                           out of milk comes sturdiness
         & sturdiness begets the moan    

James Garza is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Black Bough and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. His translation of Itō Shizuo’s ‘Going Home’ won the 2019 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. Twitter: @GarzaWords.