Yes, this page is in progress.  I shall add a new animal here soon--

The Jack Rabbit (!)






brings together for the first time

the animal poems of Michael Cadnum. 

Cats, ants, whales—even the stubborn, lowly louse—

here are thirty astonishing celebrations of the most

intriguing and often overlooked creatures of the animal kingdom.


Even the familiar creatures, like the Eagle and the Elephant, get new life in Cadnum’s unusual book.

The Raccoon makes an appearance, and the Peacock, and the Giraffe. 

So do the Jack Rabbit and the covertly assertive Roe Deer. 

Thirty poems in all celebrate the open secrets of the lives around us.

Rosemary Deen, poetry editor of Commonweal Magazine, says,

“Anyone who really wants to see the world will read and reread these animal poems:  Kingdom.”

A Kindle edition of this book now ready for you--and a paper edition too.



for Sara Van den Bossche



She releases the earth,

every dawn, opens

like day and closes like night.

The human highway

is nothing to her,

blunt in its purpose,

coursing to no destination

she calls home. The squirrel's

chatter, the flycatcher’s shrill

empty gossip beneath her shadow,

no rumor scores her quiet.

All night

she wakes, and wakes again,

nothing to tell, no story

to sound, the broken syllables of the lake,

the susurration of the river her

names for hunger.

Her talons seize the steelhead

and grasp the trout,

but in a kingdom of pinprick

birdsong she is the tidings,

now and now, echoing nothing,

prey to no rumor, silence her anthem.



















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