Darwin’s Microscope is Kelley Swain’s first book of poetry. It was published by Flambard Press in 2009 and re-printed in 2010.

The poems are inspired by Swain’s study of the life and writings of Charles Darwin as well as her own experiences studying biology, including field work pulling rhododendrons in Killarney National Park, Ireland, tracking grey whales and exploring mangroves in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and dissecting sea scallops for octopene dehydrogenase levels aboard a rolling ship in the Bay of Maine.
 
Swain also works inspiration from her courses in animal behaviour, zoology, geology, and environmental studies into her poetry — though she holds a degree in English/Creative Writing. A BA from a liberal arts college can do that (which frequently baffles people in the UK, where she lives).
 
Darwin’s Microscope is available from Flambard Press, Inpress Books, and Amazon, as well as certain Waterstones and select small bookshops on either side of the Atlantic.