FORMER Leeton resident Benjamin Dodds is continuing to achieve his dream in the literary space.
Mr Dodds, a poet and primary school teacher, grew up in Leeton and Yanco.
Currently living and working in Sydney, his work has appeared in Best Australian Poems, Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, Meanjin, Southerly, Cordite, Rabbit, The Sun Herald and The Australian.
It has also been broadcast on ABC Radio National. Mr Dodds co-developed and co-judged the inaugural Quantum Words Science Poetry Competition in 2018.
He is also a poetry reader for the Overland journal. On top of all of that, Mr Dodds is also the author of two books, Regulator and Airplane Baby Banana Blanket.
The latter is his latest achievement, which has been published by Recent Work Press.
"My first book, Regulator, was published in 2014 by Puncher and Wattmann and featured many poems set in and around the Leeton area, including the title poem about swimming in irrigation canals," Mr Dodds said.
"I attended Yanco Public and Leeton High and still have many relatives in the area."
The blurb from Airplane Baby Banana Blanket reads: "the latest collection from Benjamin Dodds interprets the bizarre true story of Lucy, a chimpanzee raised as the 'daughter' of Oklahoma psychotherapist Dr Maurice Temerlin during the 1960s and 70s. With deep empathy and an eye for subtle, telling moments, Dodds oers a complex reimagination of Lucy's fraught hybrid life through uninching poems that fascinate and unsettle in equal measure".
You can find a copy of Mr Dodds' latest book online at https://recentworkpress.com/books/product/airplane_baby_banana_blanket/.