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by Miles Salter

'What are you, animals?'

A lion attends confession, a woman sleeps with a python, a giraffe walks into a bar… Miles Salter’s much-anticipated second collection is a mixture of surreal, dark comedy and piercing observation, taking inspiration from the natural world and the ‘most dangerous animal of all’ – the human being.

Salter’s Animals, human or otherwise, populate a variety of physical and emotional landscapes; from the sci-fi dystopias of ‘The Queue’ and ‘A Warning’ to the contemporary urban settings which characterized Miles’ first collection The Border. These appealing, accessible and articulate poems explore the emotional and evolutionary shadows that all of us pass through, whatever our species; a collection not to be missed.

"What's impressive about this collection is the range: there are poems about religion, about family life, observed images of nature, and underlying them all is the idea of what it means to be a writer; because in the end I think these poems are really about the risk we take when we commit ourselves to paper. In Miles Salter's case the risk pays off. Enjoy this book; it will haunt you for a long time..."
— Ian McMillan

"A fabulous bestiary in which human procedures are some of the scariest things around. These are wonderfully disconcerting poems, haunted by inanities past and present, but crafted with humour and considerable heart."
— Paul Munden


Miles Salter is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. His first novel for teenagers, A Song For Nicky Moon, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House children’s writing award in 2010. He has written for several newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. He is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, and is director of York Literature Festival.

Miles’s poems have appeared in some of the UK’s leading poetry magazines, including The Rialto, Ambit, Orbis and South Bank Poetry. His first collection of poetry (writing as Miles Cain), The Border, was published by Valley Press in 2011, and a follow-up, Animals, in September 2013.

His third project with us, The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetrywhich he has co-edited with Oz Hardwick, is due out in August 2017 (appropriately enough on Yorkshire Day, August 1st).


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2013-09-21

ISBN: 9781908853288

Catalogue Number: VP0048

Number of Pages: 64

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Boxing squirrels by Edward Hart

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