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Poem of the week: Caracal by Pascale Petit

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A desert lynx in a zoo prompts an elegiac reflection on death and natures carnivorous cycle

The big-cat house at the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the focus of Pascale Petits new collection, Fauverie.

Previewing the collection on her blog last year, Petit explained that the word fauverie also conjures a fauve wild beast painting, a habitat of primal colour and encagement. This weeks poem, Caracal, comes late in the collection and forms a moment of reflection, a cool breathing space, where quiet earth colours predominate and match the elegiac tone.

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