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From: Vol.04 N.01 – Where to feel now

Halibut’s Eye and glass

by Susan Richardson

Halibut’s Eye


sided-lop shift

optical drift

cross-skull nonplussing


fresh angle of crab

snatched curve of shrimp

squinter than simple switch

of gaze    astraying

to full eye-dentity change


now wowing

at the right-above

the two-times cod

the double sculpin

as I-socket halts

and ossifies


then itch of scales on the I-less side

a twitch down the unpatterned lateral line

at the think of what eye might

be missing


eye still remember

the upright swim

the lower jaw of the trawl net

that terroring


though caudal fin flicks

with its northing frame of mind

the greatest migration begins

with the riddle of assymetry

ends with a sinistral sense

that gravel and sand

are also blind





through you

we can see

mudsuck  moontug

the bore’s gulp

and reach


of herons’ beaks

scrinch and hulch

of crustaceans

through you

we can see

for ribboned miles

and weeks

far back as

the stipple

of salt

and sargasso

we can see

your epney ebb


the managed tide

sluice gates pumps

bankside tumps


by crooked rods

and lines

dark estuarine


through you

we can see

no could-have-been

no slip


no freshwater


no riverself slither





Published: January 2017
Susan Richardson

is a poet, performer and educator whose third collection of poetry, skindancing, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. She is currently poet-in-residence with both the Marine Conservation Society and the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. Her fourth collection, themed around endangered marine species will be published in 2018.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.