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A School is a Type of Shoal, wildness journal

FIsh Shoal

My latest essay is part of issue 30 of wildness, a UK-based online journal featuring work from both established and emerging writers that embraces the mysteries of the self and the outside world.

Come for the fish shoals, stay for the bird flocks and the many things related or distant in this piece about community, contact, and communion:

“…While to shoal is to be social, which permits some degree of ragtag in makeup and disposition, to school is to sweep in unison together, to glint in the faces of would-be-foes together, dazzling the world with coherence. This level of coordination demands constant vigilance, should, for example, a silver sprat take its eyes off its nearest compatriot, it may find itself suddenly not schooling at all but struck against kin and stricken from the collective, beyond which sailfish patrolling for truants may herd it off with sails and speed and general stealthiness. If enough eyes are corralled away, the entire school can lose its accreditation, ceasing to possess those emergent qualities afforded with being legion, like being nigh impossible to capture or comprehend.…”

This is yet another piece I hope to include in my upcoming essay collection titled Utter, Earth, which will be published by West Virginia University Press in Fall of 2023. If you enjoy wordplay mixed with earthplay, I think you might enjoy this collection that I hope to infuse with delight and silliness. Stay tuned for more details!

Image credit Uxbona from Wikimedia Commons.

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