Twelve Poems about Chickens

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Twelve Poems about Chickens

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Published July 2015

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A dozen poems for friends who have succumbed to the charm of chickens, these poems celebrate their quirks and curiosities, with chickens increasingly kept and cherished by besotted owners whose gardens and smallholdings will never be the same again.

From Diana Gittins’ petulant hens preening themselves and annihilating the flower beds, to Caroline Hawkridge’s splendid cockerel straddling the world and yelling his good morning, endearing characters of the poultry world come clucking to life:

‘There should be a word for the way

they look with just one eye, neck bent…

… And for the way they run

toward someone they trust, their skirts

hiked, their plump bodies wobbling.’

from ‘A Glossary of Chickens’ by Gary Whitehead

Poems by Jean Atkin, Jacqueline Brown, John Clare, Robert Frost, Diana Gittins, Robert Graves, Caroline

Hawkridge, Norman MacCaig, Kay Ryan, Sir Charles Sedley, Jane Sudworth and Gary Whitehead.

Cover illustration by Beth Krommes.

A donation from the sale of these books will go to British Hen Welfare Trust