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A Spicing of Birds: Poems by Emily Dickinson (The Driftless Series) Hardcover – October 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: The Driftless Series
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1ST edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819570699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819570697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The poems, selected by Jo Miles Schuman and Joanna Bailey Hodgman, offer a sense of the poet’s close connection to her avian friends. The satiny pages are a fine complement to the beauty of Dickinson’s imagery and the precise renderings of the artists."—Jan Gardner, Boston Globe

“Imagine a stormy day and a cozy fire in a country home with time for a cup of tea or coffee and some quiet, thoughtful moments watching the birds at your feeder. This book brings that feeling into your hands.”—Maine Antique Digest

“A Spicing of Birds is a beautifully and sensitively done volume, that offers us a living, breathing slice of the author, and a good start to a reading of the birds in Dickinson’s words.”—Jonathan Skinner, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Volume II, No. 11

About the Author

EMILY DICKINSON (1830–1886) was a major American poet who lived in Amherst, Massachusetts. JO MILES SCHUMAN is an avid birder and the author of Art from Many Hands, Multicultural Art Projects (1981, 2002) and lives in Phippsburg, Maine. JOANNA BAILEY HODGMAN has enjoyed a lifelong interest in reading and writing poetry. A retired English teacher, she lives in Rochester, New York.

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The reproductions in the book are of very high quality.
Ted Marks
I will purchase again for other family and friends for birthday, get well or just for a gift.
Gma Orso
Art lovers, history buffs, and birders will enjoy it very much.
Gail

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ted Marks on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Birder lovers and poetry enthusiasts alike have a new hymnal to sing from to trumpet their passions.

This small volume, entitled A SPICING OF BIRDS, combines the poetry of Emily Dickinson with the exquisite reproductions of eight naturalist artists who specialized in illustrating the birds that Dickinson wrote about. It is a superb combination.

Emily Dickinson's poetry was short and lyrical. One of her favored subjects was the birds she watched outside her bedroom window at her family farm in Amherst, Massachusetts. To read Dickinson's thoughts about a blue bird, a robin or a bobolink, and then gaze upon the subject of the poetess' affection brings new meaning to Dickinson's lyrical poetry.

Dickinson herself was a virtual recluse during much of her life. During her short life (she died at the age of 56), she produced some 1,800 poems - and 222 of those made reference to birds. During her lifetime, her poetry was not widely known. It was only after her death in 1886, when her sister discovered her poetical output, that the world had the chance to become aware of the fragile Miss Dickinson. And even then it took years before her poems were widely read and acknowledged as major American literature.

Dickinson's poetry was not structured; rather she expressed herself in an expressionistic manner that combined short poetic sentences with dashes and unusual grammar to make her point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Galileo on January 16, 2011
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Emily, like the painters, spent hours studying her neighborhood birds, she with the careful observation of a naturalist (she also created an herbarium of the plants on her property), the painters by shooting specimens. The poems startle with metaphysical imagery, the paintings with details of bird families, habits and habitat. A thick book with heavy creamy paper, it contains only 37 poems and 28 images. It's a lovely work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail on November 23, 2010
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This book is a wonderful pairing of word and image. Art lovers, history buffs, and birders will enjoy it very much. It is a book to leave out and enjoy a little every day.
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I've had this book for a while. I keep it around, visible, so that when my eye lights on it, I'll read a poem or two. Always a respite, it pleases the eye and the soul.
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A friend showed me her copy of this book, then she read some of the poems. I was so impressed with format the pictures go so well with the poems, that I purchased three copies, one for me of course, and one each for two of my friends who are avid birdwatchers. They were given with no special occasion in mind, I just knew they would enjoy the poems and the pictures. They both LOVE this book. I will purchase again for other family and friends for birthday, get well or just for a gift.
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