Erdélyi Táncok

by Matthew Dischner

My cats prick up at the sound of Bartók,

their tails arrhythmically conducting

an uneven harmonic minor

as they yowl with the violins,

circling for supremacy over a discarded hair tie.

About the author…

A disciple of the experimental humanities and freelance historian, Matthew Dischner’s writings mix his passion for poetry and obsession with the natural world. A graduate of NYU’s recently transformed Draper Program, Matthew splits his time between the Virginia Wine Industry and working with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries. You can read his other works at and