In The Heavy-Petting Zoo, the male of the species is shown in all his preening glory, his growling and posturing exposed but also given marks out of ten. The book gives us the world according to Clare Pollard writing as a teenager, an insider's in-your-face portrayal of the tarnished lives of today's bright young things.
"This is work you can't ignore ñ raw, reckless and more bloody-minded than an older, so-called wiser poet would dare to be. Clare Pollard tells us what it's like to be young, slim and pissed at the door of the 21st century."
"This is such a striking first book that at any age it would be remarkable ñ from a teenage writer it leaves you excited that there may be so much more to come."
"Pollard's poems are like shards of glass, brittle, dangerous things that work their way under your skin. Her voice captures the pain, anxiety and emptiness of a generation weaned on Coke and Diamond White, reared on fast food and TV, and now entering adulthood armed with utterly ephemeral cultural reference points and a strong suit in self-destructionÖ Her poems compulsively re-enact the reaching out to life and the withdrawing in painÖ Pollard is a poet of the 21st century, a witness of the present and a shaper of its voice."
John Sears, PopMatters
"Both a seasoned observer and a master technicianÖ like early Sylvia Plath re-interpreted for the Trainspotting generation."