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From: Vol.04 N.02 – What are the animals saying?

Bass Rock

by Cameo Marlatt

og is feathers, guga* down,

white clamour dampened,

distance folded shut.


rock-dark children

lose thought of land,

wash themselves white

to black wingtip:

sharp bodies

cutting trails of air



to paddle dawn-slick sea,

heads yellow-blushed

and dripping.


around them we

slip shelf and

plummet, through

sky and salt,

to break

beak, skull,

on grey water.

*guga: a young gannet

Published: July 2017
Cameo Marlatt

is a Canadian writer living in Scotland, where she is studying towards a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Currently, she is working on a collection of poetry and essays on the topic of zoopoetics. She is the co-author of A Drink of One’s Own: Cocktails for Literary Ladies, and her poetry has been published in From Glasgow to Saturn and Lighthouse.

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Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.