Chris Powici's poems have been published in various magazines including The Gutter, New Writing Scotland and The Dark Horse. His latest collection is This Weight of Light, published by Red Squirrel. Chris edited Northwords Now magazine from 2010 until 2017. He reckons the natural world matters and that, with luck and hope and work, poetry can help wake us up to just how much it matters. Chris lives in Perthshire, Scotland and teaches creative writing for the University of Stirling and the Open University.
The Otter Goddess
The otter goddess won’t hear our prayers, cares more about the sway and feel of kelp against her belly than whether we believe in her or not. She’d sooner eat gull than have anything to do with love or forgiveness; she can’t even tell herself apart from the sinewy crab huntress her presence inhabits. All she knows is grace cool thrill of tail-flick and fur-glitter as she surges up the green depths to sashay on the swell. And guillemots dive about her. And death is another time.
From The Weight of Light (Red Squirrel Press, 2015)