Poetry influenced by Art: Two Crabs by Colin Dardis

after the painting by Van Gogh, 1889 https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/vincent-van-gogh-two-crabs

Two Crabs

Fruits of the sea plucked
along with the entire tree:
a forest couplet, uprooted

Their underbellies are floors
of humus, twig, bark and seed,
hodgepodge recipes.
Do not stare there. See them
as some foul plate from which
you must find cleaver
and lever out their meat.

No worry of intrusion: you cannot
inconvenience the dead. Instead,
aim for the head, as such,
and prise; one cannot taste
without being for the kill.

Bio: Colin Dardis is a neurodivergent poet, editor and sound artist from Northern Ireland. His latest collection is All This Light To See The Dead: Pandemic Journals 2020-21 (Rancid Idols Productions, 2022). His work, largely influenced by his experiences with depression and Asperger's, has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA, and shortlisted for the Erbacce Prize, Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing, and Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award, amongst others. Previous collections include Endless Flower (Rancid Idols Productions, 2021) The Dogs of Humanity (Fly on the Wall Press, 2019, shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet, Saboteur Awards 2020), the x of y (Eyewear, 2018), Post-Truth Blues (Locofo Chaps, 2017) and Dōji: A Blunder (Lapwing, 2013). His latest album, a long-form ambient piece, is Back To Work (1tracktape, 2021

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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