Darwin’s Microscope

‘The ability to combine scientific with poetic forms of knowledge is precious and rare, and Kelley Swain possesses it in abundance.’

- Ann Fisher-Wirth.

Darwin’s Microscope, my first collection of poetry, was published by Flambard Press in 2009 and re-printed in 2010.

The publication provided the opportunity to take part in many ‘Darwin 200′ Anniversary celebrations from Aberdeen to Cambridge, dropping me smack in the middle of the UK literary-science-festival world: something I was only able to fully appreciate years afterwards.

The collection was hailed as ‘beautiful stuff. I was left with the absolute conviction that, with young Kelley entering the field, both natural science and poetry are in good hands.’ (Ann Drysdale, Envoi 154, October 2009.)

‘One poem cannily includes an extract from Emily Dickinson, and there is an elegy for a father told – with an admirably Dickinsonian ‘slant’ – through the mating habits of a sea turtle. Bravura!’ (Anna Woodford, Mslexia, Issue 41.)

‘With quiet authority, these poems situate our lives in the geological and biological unfolding of the ages. The ability to combine scientific with poetic forms of knowledge is precious and rare, and Kelley Swain possesses it in abundance. Darwin’s Microscope is a splendid debut volume from a very promising poet.’ (Ann Fisher-Wirth.)

Sadly, Flambard was one of the small presses who lost Arts Council funding and had to close several years ago, but there seem to be a few remaining copies of Darwin’s Microscope floating about.