Ellie Fisher

double exposure

slick rot. past selves shedding, congealing—discarded, soul heavy. i feel ill; past mistakes. unbrushed teeth. my face feels as if it is detaching itself from my skull / i saw someone today i once loved. something is splitting. i am peeling the past from my heart, revealing the core; a wound. refraction of selves / fracturing / sometimes i glimpse men who double for the one i desire. pale skins stretched over faces. adrenaline kiss. momentary panic. disappointment / clouds muscular with rain. the wind burns across my face. disorientating. past selves ghost the shore. i outgrew them. discarded skins coil—decompose, sharpen into scarred flesh. bitten nails, bitter taste / dreams about teeth, red mouths & dark-haired men. symbolism cannibalises, flipped images reverse / in the water, a pelican is held in stasis. surface tension. i watch as the body is mouthed by the tide, dead.


Ellie Fisher (she/her) is a poet. Her creative work has appeared in Westerly Magazine, Gems zine, and Pulch Magazine, among others. Ellie is studying Honours in English at the University of Western Australia, researching a creative writing dissertation on the potentiality of prose poetics, bodies, gender, and place. She lives on unceded Menang Noongar land.

Published by swim meet lit mag

swim meet lit mag is a young online publication based in Brisbane, Australia. Swim meets bring people together; swim meet lit mag seeks to offer an accessible space to read and publish all kinds of creative work from around the world, with a particular focus on local emerging writers. Now in its third year of operation, swim meet lit mag plans to continue expanding its catalogue, which is, and will always be, free to access. Each issue is framed by a swimming-related theme, to which the responses are always wonderfully surprising and diverse. 

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