Two Poems by Federico Federici

Two Estuaries

2nd Estuary

All flowers held their heads
to me in thirst, their death was
something I could call mine.
Sifted blue pollen through
shrinking lungs, the branches
of vertebrae straining old
brown marrow, air seeping out
in short arterial pulses, upwards,
only harder by degrees.

Sleep was my last work,
that of flat red fields
abandoned to the wind,
colonised by black ants
that gather together
for the final hour, treading
on that perfect season
which separated days.

3rd Estuary

We saw the Moon
through the drowned
man’s eye, a dulled
opal. Water hid his
once brimming grin
under forgetful mire,
severed his breath-nerve
he had life-long stretched,
bleeding his memory
empty to swell the river.


Federico Federici is a physicist, translator and writer. His works have appeared in «3:AM Magazine», «Jahrbuch Der Lyrik», «Poet Lore», «Raum», «Sand», «Trafika Europe», «Magma» and others. Among his books: “Requiem auf einer Stele” (2018); “Liner notes for a Pithecanthropus Erectus sketchbook” (2018) with a foreword by SJ Fowler.

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