Edwardsia ivelli

Veronica Fibisan

meet in micro-tidal lagoon
sheltered by a membrane
of metaphor’s energy
sifts sentiency in vessel

penny-sized translucencies
tease out words of
tidal teleology
settle in crumbs
lago on mixopolyhaline mesh
decipher message sticks
diaphanous engravings
dredged from hydroskeleton core
divide tear’s territory in triggers
an anchor drops
physa’s exclusive use

teaches gentle touch
lago against the crush of current
contortion or reaction
to transverse bars of pale cream
curved on the aboral side
of oxidized zones

vertical excursion to mud surface
expanded tentacular crowns’ radii
repeat introversion in burrowing
lago spread on sand dunes

comprehend castrum
as mechanics of being
turbidity etched within
photometer’s reading
unclear levels in soft sediment
quasi-pelagic pool’s clay margin unmerging

a water-clogged thought
passes pathway’s shallow
shift in syllable towards peripheries of meaning
does not fit any known classification

derridean gift
a body lago
on surface
of suspended flux

stretches precision of words
as sedimented sleep
is pressed through the earth
into shaded bodies
skin-deep
doubled in vertical shaft
sharing steered stalked
lago limbs on
lines’ waterways
ripple weir connections
threaded tentacle asterisms
settle within one another
in the logos of silt


Veronica Fibisan has recently completed a PhD at The University of Sheffield in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is Editor of the creative writing journal Route57, and ASLE-UKI Postgraduate and Early-Career Representative. She has published poetry notably in The Sheffield Anthology (Smith/Doorstop, 2012), CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith/Doorstop, 2014), Plumwood Mountain Journal (4.1), the Wretched Strangers Anthology (Boiler House Press, 2018), PAN (2019, 2020) and Voices for Change Anthology (2020).

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