Matthew Schultz

Yellow-bellied sapsucker
drumming outer bark
toward dense heartwood
agitating the quiet turmoil
of carpenter ants, time-travelers
boring into the archive
of backyard memories.

Matthew Schultz teaches at Vassar College. He is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His recent poems appear in Rust + Moth, Thrush, and Juke Joint.