Octopo and Teuthiet

by Rasiqra Revulva

Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. She is a founding member of the synth-punk/ electroclash/ glitch/ industrial music and visual art collective The Databats. In 2010, she was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Prize. In 2014, she was named a finalist in the First Annual Jane Lumley Prize. Her work has been published by The Incongruous QuarterlyCordite Poetry Reviewditch,The Feminist WireThe QuilliadWORN Fashion JournalHermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, (parenthetical), and the anthology (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead.

 

Two octopoteuthis deletron squid collided in the Pacific depths at sunset in July. Each one mirrored the other, with a shimmering, voluptuous, sperm-plastered mantle, and engorged tentacles bursting with come-hither barbs. The squid fell deeply in love. But soon they found themselves unable to feed. Both deletrons were inevitably drawn to hunting the other, now possessing the only flesh each craved in all the ocean. They pledged a vow of starvation, lest they risk consuming each other. With every passing wave, their bodies grew less sumptuous; their love, more incandescent.

And one November morning, both flesh and love were gone.

 


Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. She is a founding member of the synth-punk/ electroclash/ glitch/ industrial music and visual art collective The Databats. In 2010, she was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Prize. In 2014, she was named a finalist in the First Annual Jane Lumley Prize. Her work has been published by The Incongruous QuarterlyCordite Poetry Reviewditch,The Feminist WireThe QuilliadWORN Fashion JournalHermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, (parenthetical), and the anthology (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead.

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