Keibooks announces the final selection for Catzilla! Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyohka About Cats. Edited by M. Kei, the anthology features the work of forty-five poets from around the world. The poets have written tanka, kyoka, and gogyohka (all five line poems originally from Japan) in homage to our funny, friendly, and infuriating feline companions. Catzilla will appear in print and ebook formats September 15.
The cover cat, Timmynocky (Swedish for ‘thingamabob’), is a ship’s cat serving aboard a tall ship on the East Coast of the United States. This summer ‘Timmynocky the Sailor Cat’ achieved notoriety when the editor, M. Kei, detailed his exploits on his blog.
Kei says, “Timmy kept showing up on the arms of beautiful women, got busted by the cops, and was thrown into the brig (confined on a leash) after his adventures ashore. In the cover photo he uses his considerable charm to persuade us to let him off his leash so he can continue his run ashore. As such, he typifies the mixture of charm and mischief that defines a ‘catzilla.’”
The full account of Timmynocky’s adventures can be read at
“Cats are highly evolved, intriguing, mysterious, ruled-by-no-one beings who are mischievous bringers of unwanted gifts. Cats off to M. Kei for bringing us a collection of tanka that tears at our heartstrings one moment and has us giggling the next.” —Alexis Rotella, author of Black Jack Judy and the Crisco Kids
List of Poets included in Catzilla!
Alexis Rotella, Amelia Fielden, André Surridge, Angela Leuck, Anne Curran, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Bob Lucky, Bruce D. Reed, Carolyn Thomas, Christopher L. Jorgensen, David Rice, Denis M. Garrison, Diane Mayr, Dorothy McLaughlin, Edward J. Rielly, Geert Verbeke, Geoffrey Winch, Hortensia Anderson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Jamila, Janick Belleau, Joanne Morcom, John Martell, John Stone, Joyce S. Greene, Kath Abela Wilson, Kathy Nguyen, Kris Lindbeck, Liam Wilkinson, Lorne Henry, M. Kei, M. L. Grace, Miriam Sagan, Owen Bullock, Patricia Prime, Paul Mercken, Peggy Heinrich, Radhey Shiam, Richard Stevenson, Rodney Williams, ruinedXfinery, Sylvia Forges-Ryan, Taro Aidu, Vasile Moldovan, William Hart
Catzilla! Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyokha About Cats
Perfect bound, cover cover, B&W interior
Release date: 15 September 2010
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