Dabney Stuart's love for the animals that inhabit the earth pulses through this new
collection of poems for the young and the young at heart.
From rhinoceros to remora, iguana to impala, whale to water buffalo, & chameleon
to crocodile─the dozens of animals in Stuart's poems come alive in a spirit of playfulness.
Coupled with Susan Elliott's spirited watercolors, the poems magnify the wonders
of being young.
Stuart’s poems show the beauty and enchantment of friendship: the koala and the kiwi,
the eel and the clam, the fiddler crab and his companions, and the dove cooing to
an empty sky, hoping another hears.
FOR ALL AGES
Adults will appreciate the poems’ intelligence, questions about the world, and Stuart’s
masterly expertise with the English language; while younger children will delight
in the sounds and playful stories embedded in the poems. The watercolors are works
of art that will engage and enchant older and younger readers alike.
“This award-winning Virginia poet, best known for his personal poetry and his dazzling
variety of styles, has turned his hand here to verse for children, with delightful
results”.─CAROLINE PARRRead the Review.
Animals and Granddads: Retired Professor Publishes New Book of PoetryAn interview
with Dabney Stuart:
“It talks about extinct animals, grandfathers and about children playing in the sand
. . . . I’m fascinated by language and the shapes I can give it, how you can evoke
or suggest things and connect things without having to tell a story but to imply
a story. It’s not the shortness; it’s the compression you can make in a poem”.─CLAUDIA
SCHWAB, Times News-Gazette, Lexington VA Read the Article.
“This collection will appeal to young readers who have a fondness for animals.”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a giraffe? What would it be like
to live in “a world of sky and trees?”...
Young readers are sure to enjoy the different poetry forms that they will encounter
in this book, and... become fond of at least one animal that is mentioned in this
poetical menagerie.─MARYA JANSEN-GRUBER, Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book
Reivews Read the Review.
DABNEY STUARThas published fifteen previous volumes of poetry, most recently Tables,
Family Preserve, and The Man Who Loves Cézanne. A former resident at the Rockefeller
Center in Bellagio, Italy, he has also held a Virginia Artists Fellowship, two fellowships
from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He won the
Library of Virginia Poetry Prize for 2006. His work is in the audio and video archives
at the Library of Congress. Stuart and his wife Sandra live in Lexington, Virginia.
SUSAN ELIZABETH ELLIOTTis an artist, ecologist, and writer. She studied botany and
French at Humboldt State University and has a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College.
Her paintings are inspired by a combination of Western and Eastern watercolor techniques.
This is her fourth book.
Elliott lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
make noises porpoises
they make choices,
too, that their voices
carry over the sand.
(from Finches and Porpoises and Bats)
The lemur's ghost is out of sight,
which means that you can't see him, right?
But if you could you’d find he keeps
a yellow frisbee where he sleeps.
If you want to learn about love
listen to the dove in the morning
call soft in her throat, and low,
for the memories that keep returning,
for the answers we’ll never know.
Exquisitely lovely illustrations and perfect poetry; the poet invites even the youngest
mind to enlightenment.
I admire the art work, so delicate, like Chinese painting, yet unique because Ms.
Elliott understands the importance of space. The Chinese say that space is where
most of the qi resides in a painting. Her use of pastel colors and delicate brush
work invite a new outlook for children's art. Although I am very partial to children
(their vulnerability and their open-mindedness), I know their understanding will
outrank that of some adults.
The poet has achieved maximum effect with his gentle humor, creative enticements
in the questions he posits, thoughtful mind games, and playful enticements to be
creative. The loving, aware spirit in the poet reaches the reader the way wild animals
in nature often connect to those who observe them.─WINNIE CHRISTOPHER, Retired Teacher
Tables (2009)From nuclear physics to astronomy, Stuart explores themes of family,
friction, and art (6"x9" paperback, 100 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9821561-1-7, $15.00, New
Mexico Book Award Finalist).
Only the One Sky (2016) A timeless world, dialogs with an old poet, whom we see as
he muses in forests, along the river, or come through time (6"x9" paperback, 112
pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-36-6, $16.00).
Greenbrier Forest (2012) Meditations deriving from the sights and sounds of Greenbrier
Forest in West Virginia (6"x9" paperback, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-03-8, $15.00).
Times Body (2014) New and Selected Poems (1994-2014), (6"x9" paperback, 174 pages,
ISBN: 978-1-936671-22-9, $18.00).