This lovely collection of poetry mined from the poet's life weaves its spell with wit and precision. Three sections explore the variety of Pilgrim-Byrne's experience.
In Excavation the longing for motherhood - "I have wanted to snatch babies" - is thwarted until the final triumph of "the little girl who giggles by the shore".
Fauna celebrates the creatures that are part of this poet's world; "a few cows" down the road, a snake in the laundry (at 4am), birds calling or sitting, "sodden...on the overhead wire"; while in the last poem, cataloging, Pilgrim-Byrne's insights and observations range widely and pleasurably.
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