Edited with an introduction by Deborah Kay Davies
Norman Schwenk's animal stories are a long way from Disneyland. They focus on the strange, complicated links people forge with animals, and how they illuminate the even more mysterious links people have with other people.
Norman Schwenk (1935-2023) was a writer and teacher from Nebraska, USA who lived and worked in Cardiff, Wales from the mid-sixties after a period as a Fulbright Scholar in Stockholm, Sweden. He was widely published in magazines and anthologies and produced several collections of poetry. In 2004 he co-edited, with Anne Cluysenaar, an anthology of poems about St Melangell, The Hare that Hides Within, which won an award as a Welsh Books Council poetry best-seller. In 2005 he published The More Deceived: Poems about Love and Lovers; in 2010, Cadillac Temple: Haiku Sequences; and in 2015, Book of Songs, a collection of song lyrics.