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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)
A reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers. (Jim Williams Star Tribune)
In this beautiful collection of poems and paintings, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins joins with David Allen Sibley, America's foremost bird illustrator, to celebrate the winged creatures that have inspired so many poets to sing for centuries. From Catullus and Chaucer to Robert Browning and James Wright, poets have long turned to birds as powerful metaphors for beauty, escape, transcendence, and divine expression.
Here, in this substantial anthology, more than one hundred contemporary and classic poems are paired with close to sixty original, ornithologically-precise illustrations. Part poetry collection, part field guide, part art book, Bright Wings offers verbal and visual interpretations of the natural world and reminds us of our intimate connection to the "bright wings" around us. Each in their own way, these poems and pictures honor the enchanting creatures that have been, and continue to be, longtime collaborators with the poet's and painter's art.