Of Frogs and Toads: Poems and Short Prose Featuring Amphibians

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The message is definitely green, but it's not just for hard-core frogophiles. Of Frogs and Toads: Poems and Short Prose Featuring Amphibians collects what 70 contemporary writers, ranging from Pulitzer Prizewinners to a first-published author, claim to have learned from a decidedly cold-blooded muse. Of Frogs and Toads is a celebration of the warty creatures who are princes in disguise, as well as a lament for the precariousness of their existence in our modern world.

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Jill Carpenter, editor of this collection, is a biologist and journalist whose credits include fiction and poems as well as nonfiction. Her book about the five senses (Senses and Sensibilities, as Jillyn Smith, Wiley 1989) was a finalist for the science book award given by the London Science Museum, and has been translated into Japanese.

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The book, edited by writer and biologist Jill Carpenter of Sewanee, Tenn., collects short pieces by some 70 contributors. None of the individual selections is longer than two pages, but together they represent the range of topics and metaphors that frogs and toads evoke.

Here are clever tales of frog princes, noisy frogs, frog experiments, frog lessons, frogs in places they shouldnt be, frogs with bad images, and even a few salamanders, who share the toady or froggy lifestyle.

A recurring theme is the disappearance of amphibians.

The pieces are light and profound, joyous and mournful, tender and angry, gleeful and rappy. Its a collection of emotional responses to these creatures that, unfortunately, the world is losing.

Carpenter began the project several years ago. As a former teacher she had seen plenty of frogs in biology laboratory. As a journalist she had talked with scientists and written about the realization that frogs worldwide are disappearing.

After attending a writers conference where Mary Oliver and Pattiann Rogers read toad poems, she wondered what other contemporary poets and writers were saying about amphibians.

An ad in Poets & Writers yielded 450 contributions to choose from. The final group represents states from coast to coast, Hawaii, Canada and the U.K. Contributors include Pulitzer Prizewinners, radio essayists, physicians, teachers, artists, and one writer for whom this is his first publication.

Everyone will find something of his or her own experience in the collection. -- Book Description

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