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The current issue of Plumwood Mountain has a fine review by Moira Sheppard of For Rhino in a Shrinking World .  She concludes:

“Harry Owen’s anthology of poems is more than a vigil; it is more than a protest; it is a loud and desperate plea for humankind to question their ideologies and actively help save these rhinos, nature and our future.”

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Harry, my copy has arrived safely and I feel overwhelmed by the amount of care and sheer hard work that you and others have put into bringing about this remarkable book – a task of rhinocerous proportions but done with a sensitivity and gravitas which reminded me of the animals themselves. Truly humbling.

Caroline Hawkridge, Northwich, UK

Here’s how Anthony Stidolph concludes his review of the anthology for The Witness:

“Sickened by the horrifying statistics and grisly images of this second rhino war, Grahamstown poet Harry Owen decided to send out an appeal, inviting poets, both local and international, to submit work for publication in an anthology dedicated to helping save this flagship species.  The response was overwhelming, with poets from all over the world (including our own Pietermaritzburg-based Moira Lovell) eager to support efforts to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn.

The result is For Rhino in a Shrinking World, a handsomely produced compilation that includes the work of over 100 poets. With a foreword by well-known conservationists Dr Ian Player and Andrew Muir, and some beautiful line drawings by Eastern Cape artist Sally Scott, the book serves as a moving and heartfelt tribute to these often misunderstood and woefully mistreated creatures.”

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Good reviews of the anthology are starting to appear.

Here’s how British poet Sheenagh Pugh sums up ” … a most handsome, well-produced volume … Anyone could enjoy this book for the poems and the illustrations, but you can also have the happy consciousness of helping to protect a harmless and remarkable beast … “.

She speaks of the poetry  ” Poems … catching the rhythms, momentum and soundtrack of a whole natural world … a tour-de-force of language, imagery, humour and empathy”.

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Sheenagh's review