The Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo. But the word also evokes the Fauves, primitive painters who used raw colour straight from the tube. Like The Zoo Father, Petit s acclaimed second collection, this volume has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while Paris takes centre stage a city savage as the Amazon, haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Transforming childhood horrors to ultimately mourn a lost parent, Fauverie redeems the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species.
Five poems from Fauverie won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize and the manuscript in progress was awarded an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts.
Pascale read and ran a workshop at our second Verve Festival in 2018 and it was wonderful to have her with us!
Date: 15th September 2015
Extent: 72 pp