trash trolls and toad pools poems & photos from the lost valley of the fairies

David Devanny & Becky Screeton,

Performing Fairy. Guest editors Fay Hield and Kevan Manwaring. Pages 42 – 45 Download as PDF

trash trolls & toad pools 
poems & photos from the lost valley of the fairies

love sonnet

we were little turbo shallots
when we tumbled down the doomtube
when we scrunched ourselves into almond shapes
when we did turnips down the flu
and due to the big house terror
we would dither like weathercocks
weasel like sludge molluscs
plastering sequins and diamanté in the mud
on our bodies – at random –
we were little turbo shallots
onion cartwheel weaver cartons in landfill
we were hypocrite quorn burger loyalist
bovril advert beef fakes – we chewed
the drab ligaments of lift off love


fish rubber syntax trees

farm growth sounds growth gill
swimbladder ancestor fish
sacred rubber armour

or sounds or ur sounds
dry mythologies trees jails
predator syntax

lamprey organ couch
specialized sentence species
compound trees sugars

waterproof study
water harvest water seed
ready wide ready

the instead fish fish
the fish instead fish fish fish
the fish fish the fish

word fish fish the fish
fish fish the fish fish fish fish
fish word fish fish fish


petrol brick fungus

the cryptic lifestyle of the petrol brick fungus
can be divided into three devotional processes

the first is a biogeology of secret ancient magic
otherwise known as slime

a digestive petrol structure
crude adhesive pharma brick liquid

the second is fungal bear secretion
catalysed by mason bees and fruit flies

this dna trash slops out from the fungus
after it has formed black sticky substructures

and finally always it ends in fairy spores
delicate and light

some caught up on a breeze will raise
up over the tip – over the city – fields – mountains – seas


About the author

David Devanny & Becky Screeton,

David Devanny is a multi-media artist, writer and researcher. He is currently studying for a PhD in Publishing Cultures at Falmouth University where he is Course Leader for English, Publishing and Creative Writing and a researcher in the Dark Economies research group. He is Assistant Editor (Technology) for Revenant Journal and this year co-organised the Folk Horror in the 21st Century conference. He has presented papers at a number of international peer-reviewed conferences including Haunted Landscapes, ELO (Bergen, Cork & Paris) and the British and Irish International Poetry Symposium. David’s print poetry has been published in a wide variety of magazines and in his debut pamphlet Wasps on the Way (Mews Press: 2012). His interactive piece ‘orange sweatshirt’ was shortlisted for The New Media Writing Prize and his multimedia poetry has been exhibited at The Phoenix, The Hatton Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, the Prado Media Lab and this year in galleries in North Cornwall and Toulouse.


Becky Screeton is a photographer and illustrator from West Yorkshire. Her illustrations have appeared alongside poetry and prose in books such as Hinged (2011), The Pearl Works (2013) and Dead Man Walking (2018). Her photography has been published in research journals (e.g. Interfaces: Image, Texte, Language), anthologised in writing and art publications and smartphone apps, and exhibited at galleries in the South West (e.g. Terre Verte, Altarnun, 2019).