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Hermeneutical Spiral

By Matthew J. Andrews

He draws a tunnel of constricting coils,

at the center writes: truth.

I turn my worn bible upside down

in the bathtub, let it fill with ink,

watch letters swirl in a tightening pillar –

their bleeding, dark; the drain, darker still.


Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer. He is the author of I Close My Eyes and I Almost Remember, and his poetry has appeared in Rust + Moth, Pithead Chapel, and EcoTheo Review, among others. He can be contacted at, or reached @mattislistening on Instagram and @2glassandrews on Twitter.


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