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Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds Hardcover – October 27, 2009

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An intelligent assembly of poems that take us places where prose cannot go.... This little book is a reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers.

(Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune)

What's not to love?

(Birder's World)

Part poetry anthology, part field guide, Bright Wings is a delight.

(Isabel Nathaniel Dallas Morning News)

An elegant little compilation.

(Des Moines Register)

A beautiful anthology.

(Jim Higgins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

[Collins & Sibley] have created a veritable jeweled music box... sure to appeal to birdlovers and poetry fans alike.The West Australian

(The West Australian)

Whether metaphorical or purely observational, the verses provide a wealth of details and, as a group, form a literary guide to the behavior of bird and birder.

(Adam Levine Country Gardens)

Rarely has poetry and art been so deftly partnered.... A truly impressive anthology.

(The Midwest Book Review)

Collins has done his homework, ponying up those who should never be forgotten nor hidden away in an English Lit syllabus.

(The Folio 2010-01-00)

A reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers.

(Jim Williams Star Tribune)

About the Author

Billy Collins is Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College and the author of eight books of poetry, including Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry: and Other Poems, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the World, and Questions About Angels, which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has served two terms as the poet laureate of the United States, along with one term as New York State Poet. Collins divides his time between New York and Winter Park, Florida.

David Allen Sibley has spent most of his life traveling across North America, studying and drawing the natural world. With the National Audubon Society, he published The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2004 and The Sibley Guide to Trees in 2009. He lives with his family in Concord, Massachusetts, and his work can be viewed at www.sibleyguides.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231150849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231150842
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a birder when I look at my large collection of bird books and guides, I frequently swear I'm not buying another book on birds, about birds, or to view birds! Then along comes a book like Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds and my resolutions not to add another birding book to the shelf is forgotten as I view the poetry and wonderful art work.

Billy Collins, a former US Poet Laureate choose over 100 poems to include in this lovely little volume about birds. David Allen Sibley of the Sibley bird guides is the illustrator. That winning combination alone would make this wonderful volume of bird-related poetry and art a must for a birder!

The book contains both classical and modern poems by poets/writers as diverse as Keats, Plath, Nemerov, and Thoreau. Sixty or so illustrations lovingly picture birds along side the poetry.

Best of all, the book will inspire you to look at birds, even the every day ones like the Grackle with new eyes. You may even feel the muse of poetry or art fall upon you and you'll be inspired to pick up your pencil and try your hand at writing poetry or sketching the birds you see in your back yard!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ALICE DELANA on January 22, 2010
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Everything about this book is appropriate to the fleeting beauty of the subject. The poems are lovely, the images true, and the overall effect warming to the heart. Its appeal is not limited to either poetry lovers or birdwatchers; anyone who loves a beautiful book will enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By echogrrl on January 5, 2010
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I received this book as a gift since I love birds. I expected I would just browse the poetry, look at the pretty pictures and keep it on my coffee table. Instead, after being pulled in by the engaging introduction, I read it nearly cover-to-cover, which is unusual for a book of poetry! There's a wide and interesting variety without too many "old standards." Rather than gloss over half the poems, I was intrigued by how each one fit into the broader work. The pictures are more than merely beautiful: for me, the visual complemented and enhanced the metaphorical. This is a highly recommended book and a lovely gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Blair on August 24, 2011
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My husband and I are both avid birdwatchers and poetry readers. This finely illustrated volume is a dependable treat for us. The Sibley pictures combine with poets from Dickinson and Whitman, back to Chaucer and on to more contemporary writers such as one of our favorites, Mary Oliver. We highly recommend this book, which is beautifully printed in the USA on permanent and durable acid-free paper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. gagliardi on January 7, 2010
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As a birder i love the book,as a latent poet i love the book.No more to say
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Bryant on November 29, 2010
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Billy Collins is himself a fine poet but his collection of others' poems about birds is delightful. It is fun to sit at a window and watch your birds and read this collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Johnson on December 22, 2009
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Book is small w/nice quality paper. Beautiful illustrations & poetry. The print/font could be a little bigger. I gave Bright Wings to my elderly parent as a gift and the poor soul couldn't read the print! :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katt Evans on September 25, 2013
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I bought this book for class. The pictures are beautiful, and it's a great example of how vast a variety of poetry can be written about one subject.
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