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

Coffin Bay

by J V Birch

Crayfish, pilchards,

ocean jackets and sharks


Octopus, sea urchins,

sea snails and scallops


Sand crabs, abalone,

garfish and whiting



the oysters are sleeping.

Published: July 2017
J V Birch

lives in Adelaide. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines across Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. She has two collections – Smashed glass at midnight and What the water & moon gave me – by Ginninderra Press, and is working on her third.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

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.