by James Bertolino
Pocket Animals is a book of sixty short poems published in celebration of James Bertolino's 60th birthday.
James Bertolino is one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite poets. His humor and imagery stick with you while you're going about your daily routines. This is the second Egress Studio Press book published by this prolific, well-loved poet. It's surprising how many people know and love a poem of his, whether it's in celebration of a wedding, or hanging framed on a wall, or under a magneton the refrigerator.
His poetry awards include the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a Hart Crane publication award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book awards, and many other regional and national prizes. Twelve volumes and fourteen chapbooks of his poetry and prose have been published by such presses as Copper Canyon, Carnegie Mellon, New Rivers, Ithaca House and the Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series. Two of his out-of-print books, Precinct Kali & the Gertrude Spicer Story, and Making space for Our Living, have been reprinted by the Connecticut College Contemporary American Poetry Archive. Such magazines as Ploughshares, Poetry, Notre Dame Review, Indiana Review, Paris Review, Florida Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Raven Chronicles, StringTown and Crab Creek Review have printed his poems.