Per Diem Archive: J. Kacian January 2012, Animals
A Haiku Bestiary
All the poems chosen incorporate an animal; no birds, no insects, in this case, with the further goal of revealing something about the animal itself, and not just some anthropomorphized view of it.
Traditionally a bestiary will follow the alphabet, with one animal for each letter. Some can prove quite challenging, and we admit we cheated: the X animal, for instance, is oXen. Also, there are 31 days in January and only 26 letters in English, so some letters make more than one appearance. We hope the result will not only entertain you and reveal some excellent poems that you may or may not be aware of, but also stimulate discussion and consideration of animal being, and our relationship to it.