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When the British natural philosophers of the 17th century founded modern natural history, they proposed finding a poet to compile a poetic account of everything that existed in nature, very broadly defined. Four hundred years later, the work is ongoing, made modern and rigorous with rules and style-guides, managers and research-poets.

This collection follows a year’s worth
Published September 14th 2015 by Titus Books
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Maria Hummel
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly original, deeply layered book that makes you feel like an eavesdropper and investigator at the same time as you navigate the text and commentary. Painter is terrific at stretching the boundaries of poetic form and I look forward to her forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! An energetic collection of short poems documenting the world's oddities, from the streets of Hooper, Nebraska, to the post-coital habits of the Katipo. The story arc of a relationship in the margins (literally!) brings everything together and keeps me turning the page. ...more
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Holly Painter is the author of Excerpts from a Natural History (Titus, 2015), and My Pet Sounds Off: Translating the Beach Boys (Finishing Line, 2020). Her next poetry collection, At last, we listen closely: cryptic crossword poems, will be published in 2022 by Black Spring.

Holly's poetry and fiction have been published in literary journals in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Raised in Mi

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