Kind

If it is true that one knows oneself best by observing how one treats others then this book of poems by Gretchen Primack is essential reading. Read these poems for the truth they tell about our relationship to and treatment of the creatures we take to be our property; read this book and ponder its many questions, for example 'Who are the beasts?' and 'What can I do?'

—Kazim Ali

How often does one get starstruck by a poet? When I read Gretchen Primack's animal poems, I was starstruck instantly. How could someone crystallize my own feelings about animals and humanity so beautifully, so powerfully, and so poignantly? Primack seems only capable of writing poetry so damn good that you will find yourself wanting to read it aloud to everyone you know who shares your compassion for animals...and to everyone you know who doesn't.

—Marisa Miller Wolfson

Gretchen Primack knows that animals 'cannot forget hell for even a day, and so [she] cannot either.' She is infused with an abnormal amount of empathy, which fills her heart with kindness, awe, and hope. She wants to live 'somewhere else, somewhere kind,' so she spends her time shifting into that place where every being matters, and she takes us with her.

—Sharon Gannon

Some of the press about Kind:

Chronogram Magazine profile

Ecorazzi interview

Radio interview on "Talking Animals" from NPR affiliate WMNF

Our Hen House review

Pank Magazine review

The Thinking Vegan blog interview

Kingston Freeman article

Kevin Archer review

Please give the Upcoming Events page a click to see if I'll be reading from Kind in your area. (If I'm not and you'd like me to, please contact me.)