Book Review: Animal Rights Poetry: 25 Inspirational Animal Poems, Vol 1 by Jenny Moxham (Series, #1)
I picked this up because one of the blogs I follow mentioned it was on sale (for 100% off), and I figured there had to be at least one poem in there that I would find inspirational. Of course, there was.
The poems are mostly written in rhyme, a vibe that feels very similar to Mother Goose style children’s poetry. Some of them worked better than others, but it’s certainly a fine style choice. It’s easier to remember rhymes than almost any other sort of poetry.
Personally, I preferred the poems that contained solid arguments to use when debating animal rights issues. My favorite, is this one:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I’ve often heard it said by folk
Who relish eating meat,
“The animals were put on Earth
For human beings to eat.”
Well if God made them just for us,
Explain it, if you can,
Why they arrived one hundred million
Years ahead of man
I was less of a fan of ones addressing particular events, because I think those would be less useful in more general animal rights work. I also was surprised by how many of the poems were about Christmas. Perhaps Christmas is a meatier affair in the UK, but in a book with only 25 poems, having five about one holiday felt like a bit much.
Overall, Moxham’s talent and passion do shine through, but a more varied and longer collection would have been more enjoyable. Recommended to those with an interest in memorable phrases to use in animal rights work.
3 out of 5 stars