|Mary Meriam writes:
'Rose Kelleher’s second poetry collection, Native Species, is concerned with genes and jeans. Each of the five sections—White Monkey, Blue Hydrangea, Platypus, Maggot, and Trumpet Vine—contains poems that sing the male body, the dirty roots of desire, the genetics of plants, and the psychogenetics of Homo sapiens, with ancient historical twists. Seventies Man, Jesus, Dirty White Boys, and Snidely Whiplash are some of the colorful characters achingly and sharply depicted, intertwined with images of vines and blooms that grow out of dark and shady places. A thread of Catholicism winds subtly and sinuously throughout. These lines of meter and rhyme are coolly formal, but possess the hot interior of the heart.'