Concertino in C flat Major

Veronica Fibisan

 

1 Flow

through bone and brass I listen for the shore to crumble residue makes no noise       microscopic particles peel off the surface of the coast       with each wave                they bleed a little                 we hear the shore       through shells wood and wind the hum of particles loose and drowned unnoticing the cold weigh visitor-centre maps down with limpet shells       one crowns the corner on the left     creates island where there was perhaps an island       eroded dust settles down on that patch       the sand swells into a circularity a mass formed underneath                       just off the coast of Cornwall      the noise so low             that whole mounds move before the fishes notice               on a constant rise the sea bed is lifting      copying the limpet shell shape       on our maps reshaping us unaware of the storm                     the tide

 
2 Ebb

……………….unburied grass set in sand        the broken strings of bows rigid remembering past tension        the pull and snap of a sharp note        all that the musicians in us can do…………………..is revert to pluckingthislandscape dry sea water boils off at low tide a rusted cable cuts our shore in half……….a fold on the map in almost the sameplace we can read the rocks and sing them       put these molluscs to music      the radula of a limpet polishing the brass    half-sunken……toothed….wrack…..twisting…..to…..the….melody hermit crabs scuttling to its rush     fossilized remains retranslated into a true sound……………………….of ourselves

 

Veronica Fibisan’s areas of interest include ecocriticism, ecofeminism and coastal radical landscape poetry. Her research focuses on the intertidal zone and her PhD is a practice-led creative and critical project on the UK shoreline, where she spends significant time. She has published creative work notably in CAST and The Sheffield Anthology.

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