The Book Of Ocho

The Book Of Ocho

Posted by: Copi Vojta / added: 03.06.2014 / Back to Tailgate

FFJ friend, contributor, fishing guide and poet Cameron Scott  has a new book of poetry out titled The Book Of Ocho.

In a review from the Lagrande Observer, Katy Nesbitt writes "Scott’s collection of poems are named for Ocho, and orange, lymphomic cat with whom he shares a soul for a time, yet is punctuated with tales of the sun and love and of fishing which keeps Scott’s mind agile enough to return to paper with pen to log his experiences."

Below is an excerpt on the fishier side of things and since everyone loves cats and cats love fish, this should go viral pretty quickly. Cam's book is for sale, shoot him an email.

Interlude with Ocho and Han Shan

Every day the road gets more wash boarded,

Ocho gets skinnier, I drive back and forth

from Cold Mountain to town and stand all day

in rivers, chewing gum incessantly, praising

cast after cast, come home and praise the cat,

go to work and praise the cast, come home.

Clients ask the way to Cold Mountain while

hip deep in currents; there’s no thought to

carry them there, neither yes nor no as the sun

blazes down through swirling cottonwood seeds. 

-Cameron Scott


Posted by Dawn Robinson on Jun 21st, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

Cameron Scott's "Interlude with Ocho and Han Shan"

Nice ,Cameron, makes a reader feel both present and empty...the way one has gotta be to bear grief, and to keep fishin' for the joy. Thanks. Dawn p.s. Great to hear that this Book of Ocho is getting published!!
Posted by Dan on Mar 7th, 2014 @ 3:04 am


It's time for some praise yourself. Good write Cam.
Posted by Dawn Robinson on Mar 7th, 2014 @ 3:45 am

Comment Posted On Cameron Scott's Poem

Good strong emptiness in this piece of writing: strong enough narrative stands still in transit, lets the pain of caring for a creature who is dying pass through the hips like water. Zen. Did Cold Mountain/Han Shan travel with a fellow named Big Stick? Did they write their poems on rocks? Cameron you travel with good companions. Thanks for the lovely poetry.
Posted by Katey Schultz on Mar 10th, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

Highly Recommended

I recently purchased Cameron Scott's The Book of Ocho and am so glad that I did. It's a delightful, quick, transporting read and this poem is just a little sliver of what's to come. Glad to see this one here, online, to reach the wider audience it deserves.

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