The Ichthyocentaur Beyond Marginalia


Image by Nik Shuliahin

Hybridized horse-man

with long, looping, fish-scale tail

ornamented with frills.


Musician of the conch and viol,

accomplished acrobat of waves.

Hands, hooves, and fins

not vying but, rather,

orchestrated in

harmonious, unfathomed glory.


He lives on the edges

of maps lovingly drawn

in warier times, when

we unhybridized humans

knew so little

about the deep

and distant

     —but we knew

     we should


Katherine Quevedo was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon, where she works as an analyst and lives with her husband and two sons. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in NonBinary Review, Songs of Eretz, Coffin Bell, Sidequest, Pastel Pastoral, and elsewhere. Her poetry received an honorable mention in the 2020 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest. Find her at