“cocoon contains life, the universe, and everything: these are strange and vital poems for our times.”
– Claire Askew
“These are fine poems by a truly fine poet.”
– Ron Butlin
Through childhood memories of graveyards and racecourses, to family bereavements, Peruvian river myths and outer space exploration, cocoon is a unique collection of poems that explores the worlds we create, the transformations we undergo through life, and how “to keep the light / from leaving”.
cocoon features 16 pages of full colour comic-poems illustrated by Sara Julia Campbell, Caroline Grebbell, Aimee Lockwood, Edward Ross & Mark Toner.
Russell Jones has published six collections of poetry and edited three poetry anthologies. He is the deputy editor of Scotland’s only sci-fi magazine and was the UK’s first Pet Poet Laureate. Russell also writes books for children, young adults and supposedly-grown-up adults. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and occasionally blogs.
One of the comic-poems from cocoon, ‘An Official Guide to Surviving the Invasion’, is currently being made into a short film. Find out more.
the pink river dolphins of peru
She lay on the banks of the Amazon, sang
of capybara: Oh, my long-tooth love,
great guinea, come to me, come.
That was all: near-innocence,
wet hair drying.
It grew dark, she tells the town,
months later when she swells
like spring waters. I was alone.
So they gather with dead fish
to tempt him. He bites,
chatters, pink as cantuta,
They don’t need more evidence
than his serrated, erectile jaw,
his guilt-loaded eyes.
Waters break, the town floods
in to see her birth. Human scream
from bottle nose, waving five-prong
flipper, umbilical or blowhole.
It’s common here, the midwife reports.
A real myth. Please, stay away
from the riversides.