Prickly Cockle

A sunrise in a shell.
How you start light,
then take flight down
your own body, shedding
fire. I happen upon you
as daylight, dizzy with
waking, all efforts
of not breaking exposed,
glazed open. I would
no more touch than break
you. I would no more break
than touch you. A hair,
a line is all it takes.

from Of Sea by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett (Penned in the Margins, 2021)

© Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
With kind permission from Penned in the Margins

Of Sea by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
(Penned in the Margins, 2021)

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is an author, academic and founder of Grow Your Own Creativity. A writer of English and Kenyan heritage, she was born in Devon and her work is inspired by the landscape in which she was raised. Her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prize and Swims was longlisted for the Laurel Prize and a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. She was selected for the 2020 British Council/National Centre for Writing International Literature Showcase and leads the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust project, Creative Writing and Climate Change: Moss, Wetlands and Women (2018-20).