How to Live with Mammals
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 Mimicry, Sweet Mammalian, Starling, The 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