Kingdom Animalia: The Escapades of Linnaeus

Kingdom Animalia is a collection of poems that explore the various interactions between human beings and other animals, but also deals with wider subjects: love and loss, evolution and conservation, sex and death. The poems, which involve animals, as main subject or as passing guests, are arranged according to the six classes devised by eighteenth-century naturalist Carl Linnaeus, whose life’s mission was to classify the natural world. Modern taxonomy has evolved considerably but this standardised naming system is still a common language for classifying the natural world. The sections are linked by a prose poem about Linnaeus’ life.
ISBN 978 1 86940 473 4, 210 x 148mm, paperback, 88p, $24.99

 

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About janisfreegard

I was born in South Shields, England and spent some of my childhood in South Africa and Australia before my family settled in New Zealand. I live in Wellington with an historian called Peter, a violent, fluffy cat and some wetas. I have degrees in Botany and Public Management, work at the Ministry of Health and write fiction and poetry.

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