Selima Hill was born in 1945 in London, and read Moral Sciences at Cambridge. She has been awarded the Cholmondeley Award in 1986, first prize in the Arvon/Observer International Poetry Competition, and an Arts Council Writer's Bursary in 1993. Her three previous poetry books, published by Chatto, are Saying Hello at the Station (1985), My Darling Camel (1988) and The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness (1989). Her fifth collection Trembling Hearts in the Bodies of Dogs is due from Bloodaxe in 1994. This poem appears in A Little Book of Meat by Bloodaxe at pounds 5.95.