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Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts

Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts


Edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss.

“In a bath with baking soda the boy pondered
the vanished bird: spindly wings netted with veins,
tufts of fuzz at the wattled throat, the skin there
pink and feathered as an old man’s neck
or hand. Black eyes visible through skeins
of lids. The soft pink belly like a clam.

Later he’d dream of swimming in air without
a float or wings, of a raw chicken in a pot
of wine and herbs, and the bald neighbour
who spoke by holding a box to his throat.”

– from ‘Late Spring’ by Maggie Dietz

Publication date: 21 June 2018

Paperback ISBN: 9781910139882

88 pages / 39 poems / 8 illustrations

GTIN: N/A SKU: 978-1-910139-88-2 Categories: , , Tag:

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.


The Emma Press Book of Beasts rustles and roars with the voices of animals and humans, co-existing on Earth with varying degrees of harmony. A scorpion appears in a shower; a deer jumps in front of a car. A swarm of snowfleas seethes through leaf litter; children bait a gorilla at the zoo. The poems in this anthology examine hierarchy, herds, power, and the price we pay for belonging.

Additional information

Dimensions 12.3 × 18.4 cm

Print, eBook


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