Animal Spirits in the New Millennium: A Book of Poetry and a Forest Tale

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“Award-Winning Honorable Mention in the Cultural Diversity and poetry categories of the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Excellence Literature Awards”

Poetry fans, read this! Less than 10% of Indie authors are featured on Kirkus Reviews Magazine!

“The story is not only a clever coming-of-age tale, but also, crucially, a portrait of humans and animals in productive conversation and coexistence. The boy’s maturation culminates with his becoming a composer (the book includes one page of sheet music for a song titled “1st Invention,” written by Di Paolo). The author’s message is clear: He wishes to promote literal harmony between human and beast.
A moving invitation to heed the voices of readers’ furred, feathered, and finned friends.”
—Kirkus Reviews
2020 IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Award review for David Di Paolo’s, Animal Spirits in the Millennium. The judges weigh in on the category of poetry…
“The elegant, black cover is both dramatic and delicate simultaneously, and it creates interest…. The book held my interest and presented its message in a clear fashion.”
“This work substantially above most of the rest of the submissions in this year’s poetry category in terms of personal interest and readability and will place very highly in the final ranking.”
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In his return to poetry, David Di Paolo brilliantly examines the socially-charged topics of our times through a collection of poems, a short story, and music. Animal Spirits navigates through our sometimes volatile and divided existence through the symbolism and wisdom of the animals around us, allowing us to gain insight from their life lessons. With lovely artwork from Dace Kidd, Animal Spirits captures the essence of our humanity, and what the totems from our history can teach us about ourselves.

About the Author

A physician, writer, and photographer, David Di Paolo is the author of the Magical Realism novel, The Artemis Connection, and a collection of photographs and poetry, By April’s Kiss. He developed a video franchise entitled Fitness over Forty airing on the television evening news, contributed fitness articles to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, and authored a wellness blog for He is fascinated by folklore and Native American mythology.

 About the Artist

Dace Kidd is a visual artist primarily working in the media of oil and acrylic on canvas. She was born in Riga, Latvia and currently resides in Tyler, Texas. She has shown her work throughout Europe, from Venice to Berlin to Amsterdam. Recent projects have included several large-scale murals in Dallas, as well as in East Texas. Dace has designed cover art and created illustrations for many books.

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Weight4.272 oz
Dimensions9 × 6 × .16570 in


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Animal Spirits in the New Millennium: A Book of Poetry and a Forest Tale
Original price was: $12.95.Current price is: $10.95.