An Invertebrate Fable
Invertebrates are fascinating, their shapes and behaviour intriguing. In this anthology, the author takes us into the English countryside in search of butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, slugs and snails, as well as the slowly marching millipede or scuttling centipede, all vital players in the ecosystem, often overlooked and underappreciated. Author: Simon Zonenblick
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: April 2022
Format and Pages: Paperback, 84pp, in colour
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Sample text from An Invertebrate Fable
A slotted slice of segments
wriggling, no longer than the blades
of grass that tuft about you
on all sides,
you’re a tube of micro-mottles,
rubbery ringlets fused, twisting,
and the sky’s a galaxy away.
Like an immaculately polished shoe,
you’re a bullet of solid gloss,
black star spinning through space,
elytra grooved like a spinel-spined dybbuk,
crafty assassin, darkling sprite.
siren in a sea of thorns,
like two gold globes,
you cruise the woodland’s
nooks and crannies,
drifting dart of chlorophyll,
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Reviews and readers' comments
The poems are rich with metaphors and imagery, a tumbling, sliding vocabulary that slips, whirs and wriggles into the microcosm, where deep between the grass blades we meet a carnival of exotic creatures. There are poems to delight, some to ponder, and others to wonder at.
Simon’s poems amplify the inherent beauty that these invertebrates possess and recognises that beauty leads to a better appreciation which in turn leads to understanding. And understanding is desperately needed at this time of global insect decline.
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