Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal

Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal

With Sirens and Seriemas Paul Brookes explores the wild places of Brazil through photographs and poetry. A former biologist and naturalist, Brooke travelled the Amazon and Pantanal regions of Brazil studying culture, history and natural history. The poems address pressing environmental issues such as deforestation, extinction, overhunting, overpopulation, urbanization and wildness. The photographs chronicle the amazing beauty and danger, the culture of Amazonian peoples and multicoloured landscapes.

Author: Paul Brooke
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 2015
Format and Pages: Paperback 100pp
ISBN: 9781908241368
Retail Price: £12
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Sample text from Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal

Sloth and Moth


 


A bizarre island


drifts slowly, its forests


flowering with algae,


 


its coastline studded


with spire-sharp


façades of stone,


 


a peaceful place,


full of grazing


and plenty of naps.


 


Its inhabitants


live luxuriantly,


not luxuriously,


 


a gracious host,


ample flesh-pots,


ample panoramas,


 


a tiny sphere


balanced


in equilibrium.


 


A Charm


 


Upon finding her on the nest,


name her a living charm,


not hatched in a pocket


or hung dangling from thatch.


Abandon collections,


superstitions, and talisman.


Wish the whole universe


could struggle at first to see,


then lock onto her green


iridescence, and oo and ah.


Whisper so quietly, look


how she’s glued the leaves


like little scraps of paper. 


Her eye, her eye.  Her nest


seems to be a handmade hat.


Or a pistachio ice cream cone.


She’s camouflaged so well


no one knows where leaf


ends and bird begins.


 


Naughty


 


Grabbing more than they


should, never listening,


 


glistening in the dappled


light, capuchins act impishly,


 


prankishly, like naughty


children given free reign


 


at the playground.  Dropping


sticks, stealing my fruitlunch,


 


scampering behind, above me, 


I whirl and step deep, water


 


gushing and sloshing boots,


tripping over exposed roots.


 


The monkeys yap, clap, slap


branches, quickly evaporate.


 


I am spinning in a tight circle,


laughing hysterically, speaking


 


to the wind again, scolding


only myself for this foolishness.


 


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