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The cover art is by me from a photo I took on a hike up Mt. Baker. Most of the poems in this book are just eight lines long, though don't be fooled by the brevity of Jim's poetry. His work is full of the wit and brilliance.

Pocket Animals
by James Bertolino

Pocket Animals is a book of sixty short poems published in celebration of James Bertolino's 60th birthday.

  • Year: 2002
  • Pages: 72
  • Binding: perfect bound
  • Size: 5" x 7"
  • ISBN 0-9725137-0-1
  • Price: $12.95


photo 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.

James Bertolino

James Bertolino's lyric poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines and anthologies for well over 50 years. His first book, Drool, was published in 1968; his most recent is forthcoming in 2021 from MoonPath Press, Sun Rising into Storm. That is a life with over half a century immersed in an obsession for poetry!

Bertolino holds an MFA from Cornell University and has taught creative writing for 38 years—at Cornell, Washington State University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University, and Willamette University—where he retired from a position as Writer-in-Residence in 2006. He is known as an advocate for poets, by mentoring, supporting, and assisting not only his students, but others, too, who he's met at open mics, conferences, and many other literary events.

About James Bertolino

Ruddy Turnstone, ink drawingHis 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.