With each poem in this series, Bauman explores the life of an animal native to the Catskill region, delving into their secret suffering, fear, and determination. Through their daily struggles, he reveals the interconnected nature of our world and our shared fears. In his final poem, he extends these same fears and struggles to man through the mythic figure of Gilgamesh. Richly detailed and poignant, Feral Idylls asks us to consider existence and our place in the world.
Frederick Bauman is the author of Enneagrammatic Improvisations, a book of poems published by Codhill Press in 2007. He is also the author of Periwinkle, a semi-autobiographical novel of the sixties published in 2001. He is married and lives in the Catskill region of New York State.