By Debbie Lim
Literally, from hell. Belling the vast dark
with a cape of rusted tentacles. Dante
drifting red-eyed through the underworld,
propelled by the blue blood of his own
strange order. Weak-muscled yet gelatinous
inventor. When attacked inverts his body
inside out: confusing detractors with the lit
lures of his regenerating arm tips. Scribbling
the abyss with a witchy filament spiralled
down from the ancestral mollusc. When unloved,
conjures a sticky blue cloud of glow-thought.
Expert in mistaken identity: exiled from families
of octopus and squid. Like all elusive creatures—
‘The Vampire Squid’ was previously published in the chapbook ‘Beastly Eye’ (Vagabond Press, 2012).