ISBN: 978-1-73278-661-5
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Categories Nomadic, Poetry

Occasionally Accurate Science

Publication Date: January 2019


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Occasionally Accurate Science was originally published by Nomadic.

The poems and illustrations in Occasionally Accurate Science investigate, play with, and push the envelope of collective nouns in fantastical and ordinary ways. With off-the-wall forms and the occasional scientific accuracy, Occasionally Accurate Science seeks to help children (and quirky adults!) explore the blurry lines between fact and fiction, poetry and taxonomy. Occasionally Accurate Science allows readers to explore the fantastical world of groupings of animals with one eye turned toward the truth. It is a delightful book that can be used for fancy and education in equal measure.


Occasionally Accurate Science-a fantastical taxonomy of animals from a Zeal of Zebras to an Atom of Apes – invites us to celebrate both natural and unnatural wonders. Encompassing such diversiform phenomena as the habitats and plumage of grouses, foxes’ feminist tendencies and the periodic migration of zebras to San Francisco disco halls, this miraculous book will captivate readers of all ages.
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, author of Salve and Collateral Damage

In delightfully off-kilter poems that smack of Ogden Nash, July Westhale’s, Occasionally Accurate Science strolls backwards through an alphabet zoo, schooling us in the very noble sounding but probably not-quite-accurate collective nouns for all her favorite creatures: a “yell” of yaks, a “kayak” of kangaroos. I’d probably advise against using these zany verses as a textbook, but if giggling and snorting and occasionally (maybe?) learning a true sliver of science is your goal, then Westhale’s the madcap guide for you.
Justin Rigamonte, author of The Pigs Go Marching Out!

About the Author

July Westhale

July Westhale is a novelist, translator, and the award-winning author of six books, including Via Negativa, which Publishers Weekly called 'stunning' in a starred review. Their most recent work can be found in McSweeney’s, The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, and The Huffington Post. Carolyn Forde represents them at Transatlantic

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