Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Salt Publishing; 2 edition (11 Nov 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1844714136
ISBN-13: 978-1844714131
Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm

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“The closeup details taken directly from nature, then skewed through 90° to give the reader smething completely new, even unique...with this third collection, Hill promises to be a real force in poetry, displaying an utterly contemporary understanding of how nature continues to work”

Poetry Review


Zoo is Tobias Hill’s third collection of poems. It shows the growing maturity of a voice already distinctive three years ago, when his second collection was noted for its “grand irony and playful humour, with episodes of tenderness and even charm.”

Hill’s poems combine narrative impetus with musical lyricism. Influenced by the poetry of Japan and the paintings of Edward Hopper, they are full of intense sounds, smells and visions. Often through a nocturnal eye, Hill describes an urban-pastoral landscape, full of the greenhouse luxurience of city flora, fauna and humanity.


Magnolia Flowers.

In the dark
lightbulbs are opening.

The cats are out
hunting for blackbirds
through the green earthwires
of long grasses.

The trees are slight.
They are weighed down with blackbirds
which drink the sound of water
out of white bowls.

The water is cold and sweet
with magnolia pollen.
The mouths of the blackbirds
burn with it
like fusewires.

The cats hunt what they can.
The sight of burning mouths,
the sound of spilt water.