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Menagerie is a collection of poems by Cheryl Pearson. With illustrations by Amy Evans.

“I light for the den of hindleggers.

The all-on-ups who flummox and fuss

at our slinkings-in. Keepers of cluckers

who make good our bellies, whose blood-

beaters patter like rain under feathers.


I follow my teeth to the red-to-come,

follow my own gold lights over grass.


Oh, bloodsmell! Oh, flush of rust! A flood

to loosen, a feast of salt when I open.”

Awarded the 2020 Poetry Book Society Autumn Pamphlet Choice

Page count: 36 / Illustrations: 4

Publication date: 22nd May 2020

Paperback ISBN 978-1-912915-38-5

Cheryl Pearson

Cheryl Pearson's first poetry collection, Oysterlight, was published by Pindrop Press in 2017. She is the winner of the 2016 Cheshire Prize for Literature and the 2017 Torbay Poetry Competition, and was Highly Commended in the Costa Short Story Awards (2017). She lives in Manchester and spends her free time in the Peak District where she can usually be found climbing hills or drinking beer.


Menagerie is a collection of poems about animals, divided into three sections: water, earth and air. Some poems examine a creature from close-up, almost allowing the reader to see the world through the animal’s eyes, while the poet is more present in other poems, looking on. The collection invites the reader to reflect on loneliness, love, mortality, and hope.

‘This is writing that makes you wish you had the poet’s eyes, and glad she has committed her vision to paper.’ Sabotage Reviews

‘Cheryl Pearson has an artistic eye… The poet is unafraid to move her lens in close.’ Sphinx

‘These poems really are ridiculously good. I know I’ve said that already, but I’ve actually read through this book quite a few times because every time I find something to marvel at, and every time I hope that maybe, just maybe, some of that skill might rub off on me, too. The illustrations are exquisite and having the font the same colour as the pictures is a lovely touch.’ Ruth Moss

Additional information

Dimensions 20 × 20 cm

Print, eBook

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