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3 poems from 'Piddock' by James Coghill



from Piddock


veliger


a


a waif /

right through


lit-

toral space: sculled

abrupt &


(go flutter, foundling


in the rinse of your robes

rucked & with

soaked speech


(dances a coranto


colloid in /

these crushed & suede

geometries ~


quashed a null &

swilling



b


swilling some


(settle ~ frolic


your homing in on /

right spack in the middle of


(so & busily


of wave &

wave’s seething


lush a /


(loom, benthic


& by byssus yrootid,

clinker down


your anchored-to,

your living


hermitage





ctenidia


a


yes you /


& to touch by all

parts possible

press this


slick gauze to a /

& suck dry

an ocean’s wayward /


(antenna torn


eased from your gills then


(this handled


& by the grace

of haemo-


lymph graft yours to

you the way i /


not in fear of such collusion

but reckless with


(a dread necessity


this loving

& conjoined fate


(cleaved-to


as if oxygen itself

had intended

you



b


awake to


(& cried


imaginary gardens

with real /


this lifelong dialectic

reads


the lamellae

puce in


gaseous


(but only just


seep the trade-off /

baton slipped


a CO2

diffuse as cru- /


the usual…





ganglia


a


before a /


(ab-


solute in

this proto-anything /


(diffuse as


posits

raw /


(criminy!


innervates the clod though


(neurally


our dainty

sire


hiccoughs still a

drab integrity /


(a drab


& to fold the inorganic

right in

to your body:


die or

resist is— /


(by reflex blurt


yourself a—


must i…



b


since


God might not have

created


even

our


(bright happenstance


shot through

with /


(longingly


to reach back before your /


decreate or

blush a livid


quickening toward /


(impulse by—


scorched

with /


though salutes this /


(salves your


wreak,

ganglia










James has had poems published in Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, and Tentacular, as well as in anthologies from Sidekick Books. His ongoing preoccupations include animal studies, ecology, and early modern literature. He currently teaches at a specialist SEMH school.


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