they cut her skin
to the latest pattern
she wears it well

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I’ve been thinking a lot about vanity, and about Frankenstein lately, so that wee poem was inevitable, particularly in the light of Donald Trump’s hair.  If I had the money, I’d be ordering a Donald Trump piñata from Mexico or the US right now.

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Speaking of the US in a much more positive way, I just received my contributor copy of A Quiet Shelter There: An Anthology to Benefit Homeless Animals.  My poem ‘Remembering Laika’ is in there, and I am delighted to see a poem by fellow Australian Jenny Blackford too, amongst the stories and other poems.

The book is edited by Gerri Lean, and published by Hadley Rille Books. Truly an ideal Christmas present for animal lovers.  It can be ordered here. A percentage of proceeds will go to animal shelters in Virginia and elsewhere.  An excellent excuse to publish a photo of my Staffie cross (who was a rescue dog) with a copy, looking away from the cat in the window, no doubt.  (It is $16 for the hard copy in US dollars; not sure how that converts.  No doubt your credit card will tell you!)  I haven’t read all the book yet; hoping to do so at the beach.

Mango with book