Poem introduction

A number of years ago, I was a zookeeper at Edinburgh Zoo, and this experience was interesting for a number of reasons, but the purposes of this poem, there's a hierarchy in zoo-keeping whereby the big powerful animals like lions and tigers and elephants and so on are looked after the the big powerful men, and I looked after things like birds and chipmunks and so on. And at that time I was very young, and sort of fell in love with this idea of big powerful men and big powerful animals, and this poem is about that.

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