In Faunistics, R.C. Thomas utilises the short poetic form of haiku to take the reader on an around-the-world trip, from one continent to the next, spotting a vast-ranging array of wildlife. From the lemmings and lace web spiders of Europe, right through to the gentoo penguins and humpback whales of Antarctica, in Faunistics you'll find creatures great and small, creatures that are familiar, as well as those not so well documented, creatures that have just arrived and some that left a long time ago.
Each page of this book features bespoke black and white illustrations, with seven additional full-page colour montages placed throughout in R.C. Thomas' unique and eccentric style, inviting the reader to spot all of the wildlife they've just read about.
*Comes with a FREE illustrated bookmark with a haiku that was not included in the final book*
Faunistics also features the award winning haiku 'silver lining—' (First Place, Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2022; shortlisted for the Haiku Society of America's Touchstone Awards for Best Individual Poems 2022), as well as 'calling it a day', a 'Selected Haiku Submission' in the 13th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest.
'...a veritable haiku bestiary...A bravura performance from start to finish. Highly recommended.' - Alan Peat, Co-Author of Barking at the Coming Rain and Touchstone Award Winner
'Employ all your senses dear reader, as the author takes you on a mysteriously magical ride.' - Alan Summers, Founder of Call of the Page
'An inimitable poetic atmosphere with different sounds and colours which highlight the special characteristics of the fauna on all continents.' - Iliyana Stoyanova, Editor of Blithe Spirit
'With its skilful illustrations and poems and unmatched ecological scope, Thomas’ Faunistics might just be the most engaging global roundtrip you’ll ever take with haiku.' - Aaron Barry, Co-Editor of Prune Juice Journal
'Thomas’ voice is both classical and refreshingly modern. His haiku draw the reader into the real wealth of our modern world: nature still pristine.' - Réka Nyitrai, Co-Author of Barking at the Coming Rain and Touchstone Award Winner
'A must-read book that one can proudly put on their personal bookshelf.' - Hifsa Ashraf, Author of Hazy Crescent Moon and Touchstone Award Winner