What the Oil is
Oil is as huge as an albatross and otherworldly. There is something
of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner here, of the casual killing
of such a spirit.
Plastic continents have been discovered in the Pacific and North
Atlantic. I imagined them as made up of drinking water bottles
(which they are not) and “water, water everywhere, nor any
drop to drink” went through my mind. This albatross is the
one in the Fisherman’s Museum, Hastings. That is why it
has that crucified look.