Ash Davida Jane

How to Live with Mammals


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APRIL 2021

we love an underdog            especially when it’s a whale

we see ourselves in them           literally in them           lounging

in their cathedral of a mouth            just looking for love

All around us, life is both teeming and vanishing. How do we live in this place of so many others and so many last things? How to Live With Mammals  is not a book of instruction but a book of reimagining and a book of longing. In these funny and often poignant poems, Ash Davida Jane asks how we might reorient ourselves, and our ways of loving one another, as the futures that we once imagined grow ever more precarious.

'Urgent, funny and tender: these poems shine.' —Louise Wallace

Ash Davida Jane’s poetry has appeared in MimicrySweet MammalianStarlingThe Spinoff and elsewhere. Her first book, Every Dark Waning, was published in 2016 by UK indie publisher Platypus Press. She lives in Wellington, where she works as a bookseller.

Cover artwork and design: Todd Atticus

Paperback, 210x160mm, 80 pages

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