Twelve Poems about Chickens

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Here’s one for the friends in our lives who have succumbed to the charms of chickens.  A dozen poems celebrate their quirks and curiosities, with chickens increasingly kept and cherished by besotted owners whose gardens and smallholdings will never be the same again.

From Diana Gittins’ petulant hens preening themselves and annihilating the flower beds, to Caroline Hawkridge’s splendid cockerel straddling the world and yelling his good morning, endearing characters of the poultry world come clucking to life:

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Poems by Jean Atkin
Jacqueline Brown
John Clare
Robert Frost
Diana Gittins
Robert Graves
Caroline Hawkridge
Norman MacCaig
Kay Ryan
Sir Charles Sedley
Jane Sudworth
Gary Whitehead

Cover illustration by Beth Krommes.