‘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: the Escapades of Linnaeus has now been reviewed by Tedi Busch in the Nelson Mail, Patricia Prime in Takahē and Paula Green in the NZ Herald.
Freegard has glued the breach between poetry and science with lyricism, inventiveness, research, playfulness and miniature bursts of storytelling. Paula Green
Freegard’s is a restless poetry, expressing contemporary angst within a context of travel, or analyzing the stopping-places, trying to see clearly, and identifying with the flora and fauna.
The author’s imagination is infinite. In just one piece a witch teaches her to fly like a humming bird while advising a man from Japan about his cup of spaghetti and notes that our minds have minds of their own.
I’ve also added an essay on Linnaeus to this site, if you’re interested in reading more about him – just click on the Linnaeus tab at the top of the home page.
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.”