“Can a book so attached to death be filled with so much life? The answer is yes and Bestiary proves it! It is focused also on form and light and wonder; a fine song of praise to living things. All praise to this brave poet and these brave poems!”

– Lucille Clifton


Bestiary, Elise Paschen’s third collection of poems, was published by Red Hen Press in March 2009.

Please go to News & Events for dates and times of Elise’s upcoming readings. To sample some of the work in Bestiary check out Poems.

“The poems in Elise Paschen’s Bestiary explore domestic preoccupations set against the backdrop of the wild-heartedness, real and imagined, of the animal world,” praises the poet Jason Shinder. In this modern-day Bestiary, or “Book of Beasts,” the line between animal and human is thinly-drawn.

Award-winning poet, Elise Paschen, creates in her third and most complex poetry collection, work which is elegant and passionate, preternaturally still and reckless all at once. Paschen displays a variety of form and nuance – from ghazals to long-lined free verse poems. Writing out of a distinct Western literary tradition, but tapping into her Native American (Osage) roots, Paschen celebrates the mythic, the unusual, the magical glimpsed in the everyday.

Bestiary is available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Red Hen, and local bookstores.

Photo credit: Jennifer Girard