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The Bestiary

by Sam Meekings

£7.99

6 in stock

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ISBN: 9781846970467
Published: 21 Apr 2008
Format: Paperback
Extent: 96
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
Categories:
Poetry
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About the Book

"The textbook tells us that the frog lives a double life: between sea and land, between impossible distance and delayed arrival. See, those jumpy chubby reels of twitching slime, and this little pip below the chin; the first voice the universe heard, halved and inside-out." "The Bestiary" is an astonishing debut collection of lyrical, intelligent poems which challenge the ways in which we respond to the natural environment around us. With subjects that range from sea-bound eels, lost hedgehogs and lonely butchers to a 17th-century autopsy, Chinese mythology and the flight patterns of snow geese, Sam Meekings' poems explore both the instability and the small moments of epiphany in our complex and changing world.

The Author

Sam Meekings

Sam Meekings has garnered international acclaim for his debut novel, 'Under Fishbone Clouds', also set in China. Born in Margate, Sam grew up in Walberton, not far from Chichester and took an undergraduate degree in Modern History and English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford University. It was at the end of his Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, in 2005, that he moved to China to teach English. He now spends most of the year there, with this wife and family, working as a teacher and editor. In 2006 and 2007 Sam was longlisted for the Eric Gregory Award for poets under 30. His debut collection of poetry, 'The Bestiary', is also published by Polygon.