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Strange Animals

In these poems, Emily Vanderploeg brings us a menagerie - Hungarian dogs greet you on the Metro with a nod and bears enter wrestling matches; wild boar and turkeys flit past as we swim with whales, are swarmed by gypsy moths, and dream of cicadas. She tells us to sharpen our teeth on a porcupine, look inside a lamprey's mouth, and watch kittens catch refracted light, as we listen for clues in the song of whippoorwills and sandpipers. Charting a journey with these strange animals from Canada to Wales, childhood home to the vagaries of modern love, Vanderploeg explores issues of language, ritual, death and identity. Join her and these creatures as they tell fortunes and guide us to look at life in curious new ways.

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