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Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah by Steve Ely

Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah by Steve Ely

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Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah is the debut poetry pamphlet from Wild West Press. It won a Michael Marks Award at the British Library.

The poems arise from and address the plight of the willow tit, one of the country’s fastest declining species of bird. Since 1970, the willow tit’s numbers have declined by 95%. Paradoxically, the post-industrial sites of the North—former colliery and industrial sites, disused railway lines and canals—often provide very good willow tit habitat, and the species still hangs on in reasonable numbers in South Yorkshire.

PR’s elusive watercolours add a moving elegiac dimension to the pamphlet—and intensify Ely’s evocation of a world on the edge of disintegration, of once-familiar nature beginning to pass away.