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Albino American Alligator, Alligator mississip...

Albino American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis at the California Academy of Sciences (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Gator’, one of the poems from Kingdom Animalia, has been chosen by Bernadette Hall as of the Best NZ Poems of 2011. You can read the poem on the BNZP site and/or listen to a recording of me reading it.  There are plenty of wonderful poems on the site – I’m delighted to be part of such great company!


Kingdom Animalia in the window at Unity Books, Wellington

Interview & Review

Tim Jones has been kind enough to interview me on his blog, about Kingdom Animalia. He also posted one of the poems from the book  (‘A Life Blighted by Pythons’) as his Tuesday Poem.  ‘Zot and the Axolotls’, also from the book, was chosen by Saradha Koirala as the Tuesday Poem hub poem recently.

I’ve only come across one review so far (early days), from the ODT, by Hamesh Wyatt.  It finishes:

“Kingdom Animalia: The Escapades of Linnaeus will get under your skin something fierce. It’s neat to have something brand-new and shiny.”

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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