Review: The Little Book of Vegan Poems, by Benjamin Zephaniah

By Psyche | November 15, 2002

The Little Book of Vegan Poems, by Benjamin Zephaniah
AK Press, 1902593332, 2000

The Little Book of Vegan Poems, aimed at both children and adults, begins with a compilation of definitions from various dictionaries and encyclopedias before moving into the poetry. This little book has it all: veganism, animal rights, nature, limericks, hell, even vegan erotic poetry – some cute, some vaguely disturbing, many nonsensical, all eco-friendly, makes me wonder if this book was printed on recycled paper.

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There’s a warning to meat eaters on the back and inside that the poetry might offend them, but the poem ‘Eat Your Words’1 pretty much sums it up with ‘And vegetarian poets / Make me nervous quite a lot.’

There is a handy list of vegetarian and animal rights groups and resources listed in the back of the book, along with other excellent titles from AK Press, as well as a short biography of Mr. Zephaniah.

For the vegan who has everything but.

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