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

Thylacine Song

by Toby Fitch

(after Edwin Morgan)



Rrrrooww ggrrr? Schna schna


Naabuluwrre … naaaawrrrrruuu rup,

Karrr krraaff Cugh cugh ccrrrrruUGH

Yup yap YAWP! Yiiip yup riiiilclclclck:



Orh-ooohr robrobro r r r r r r r hobhub brhub

Iiiiiinng eng ung ung ung gnaaah—

erMMMmmm, errrmmmm


Croh! nro, uvruv ruv—ljo ljo?

Crugh, brup … hhhhhhhhhhhha, norrr—



Uuggh schnuff ugh.

Published: July 2017
Toby Fitch

is poetry editor for Overland. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and, most recently, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau. He lives in Sydney where he also works as a bookseller and a teacher.

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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.