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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)
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really tiny print! It was a gift for my dad, wish I had known how tiny it would be… Why do people think poetry needs to be in tiny letters??Published 9 months ago by E. Carter
Both the poems and the illustrations are a delight. The paper quality and heft are pleasing too. It would make the perfect gift for a reader/birdwatcher.Published 11 months ago by jean bower
Wonderful anthology of poets from a wide range of times and genres. The illustrations are beautiful. A pleasure to read and to see.Published 20 months ago by Harriet