The title, Vanishings evokes not only the elusiveness of wild creatures in their habitats, under cover most of the time, but also their inexorable extinction, evicted by human encroachment from their ancestral habitats.
Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor and conjures wild animals with an almost maternal empathy, tenderly observant and knowledgeable of their habits and hiding places. Though she engages with themes of transience and fragility, each animal, be it the better-known hedgehog and cuckoo, or the less familiar violet ground beetle and narrow-headed ant, is vividly present on the page.
Rebecca's poems are complemented by Tom Harding's delightful illustrations.
Vanishings launched in July 2020. You can order a copy for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon.