Wild Sonnets - Thirty Poems about World Wildlife

Wild Sonnets - Thirty Poems about World Wildlife

This is Anthony Boniface second collection of poems. This time he wrote thirty nature poems in the form of sonnets, one of the most difficult and challenging of poetic forms to master. It is a poetic safari in search of plants, animals and fungi from around the world... everything from the Ghost Plant of Washington State, USA, the Dead Horse Arum from Manorca, Eleanora s Falcon from Kos, the Mandrake in Crete, Halfmen from the Kalahari in Namibia, Mountain Avens of the Burren of southern Ireland, to the sleepy Dormouse of East Anglia. Each poem is accompanied by a wonderful black and white line drawing by wildlife artist, Janet Blight.

Author: Anthony Boniface
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 23 April 2013
Format and Pages: Paperback, 80pp, 30 line drawings
ISBN: 9781908241207
Retail Price: £7.99
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Sample text from Wild Sonnets - Thirty Poems about World Wildlife

The Bee Orchid


Although their resemblance is exquisite

The Bee Orchid self-pollinates instead

As the long horned bee will rarely visit,

These orchids are becoming too inbred.

Instead of sticking to the insects’ face

The pollen hangs near the receptive part.

A gentle breeze will take the insect’s place.

Mass seed production now can quickly start.

They cannot withstand much competition,

But gain short-term advantage for a year,

Whilst there, they receive much admiration,

Flowering once before they disappear.

Orchids around the world are in retreat

Until their conservation is complete.

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Reviews and readers' comments

Having enjoyed Tony’s first collection of poems ‘The Call of the Kokako’, I looked forward to reading ‘Wild Sonnets’. Sonnets are a classical form of poetry (think Shakespeare) strictly defined as 14 lines with 10 syllables each, rarely written in these days of ‘free verse’. The sonnets in this collection are accompanied by superb line drawings from Janet Blight and text describing the species which are the subject of each poem. What Tony manages so skilfully is not only portraying the habits and ecology of the species through excellent use of imagery (e.g. the ‘scarlet lanterns’ of the fly agaric sonnet), but also bringing in an emotional connection (e.g. tackling depression in Monkshood). The 30 sonnets deal with a range of wildlife including the short-eared owl. Mount Cook lily, red squirrel and dormouse, giving the collection a varied feel. I heartily recommend this collection of sonnets to naturalists, a prior knowledge or appreciation of poetry is not required, just a passion for wildlife in all its diverse forms.

Tim Gardiner, Country-Side, Spring-Summer 2014


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