Within the pages of Murder Bear, W.N. Herbert conjures a darkly comic phantasmagoria, setting loose his eponymous protagonist – a lethal, ursine, omniseasonal anti-Santa – to lay waste to the populace and its pop culture icons, his literary forebears and language itself. Through woodland, suburb and city streets, and in the final ‘Zeichentrickbärendämmerung’ (Twilight of the Cartoon Bears), Murder Bear roams, unstoppable. Herbert has been widely praised for his range and virtuosity, and his considerable comedic skill. These poems stake out strange new terrain, displaying great wit and dexterity, chutzpah and charm.