An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds
In this beautiful collection of poems and paintings, Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, 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 treated 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 presents 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.
Poet and bird pairings include: Wallace Stevens and the Blackbird; Emily Dickinson and the Robin; Marianne Moore and the Frigate Pelican; Thomas Hardy and the Goldfinch; Sylvia Plath and the Pheasant; John Updike and the Seagull; Walt Whitman and the Eagle; Billy Collins and the Sparrow.
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.
What's not to love?Birder's World
Part poetry anthology, part field guide, Bright Wings is a delight.
An elegant little compilation.
A beautiful anthology.
[Collins & Sibley] have created a veritable jeweled music box... sure to appeal to birdlovers and poetry fans alike.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.
Rarely has poetry and art been so deftly partnered.... A truly impressive anthology.
Collins has done his homework, ponying up those who should never be forgotten nor hidden away in an English Lit syllabus.
A reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers.
John James Audubon
Mother Carey's Hen
The Magnificent Frigatebird
The Frigate Pelican
The Blue Booby
Hope and Love
On the Sight of Swans in Kensington Gardens
On the Marriage of Friends
Swan and Shadow
From Woody's Restaurant, Middlebury
Still, Citizen Sparrow
To a Farmer Who Hung Five Hawks on His Barbed Wire
You and I Saw Hawks Exchanging the Prey
from The Parliament of Fowls
Peregrine Falcon, New York City
The Dalliance of Eagles
A Bird at the Leather Mill
On a 3½ oz. Lesser Yellow Legs, Departed Boston August 28, Shot Martinique September 3
The Ballet of the Fifth Year
After Reading Peterson's Guide
The Contrast; The Parrot and the Wren
The Great Horned Owl
A Barred Owl
To a Captive Owl
Great Grey Owl
The Woodpecker Keeps Returning
Arts of Joy
Still Missing the Jays
The Calves Not Chosen
The Crows Start Demanding Royalties
The Questions Poems Ask
Ravens at Deer Creek
The Ravens of Denali
Ode to the Swallow
The Emperor's Bird's-Nest
Watching the Swallows
from The Princess; O Swallow
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad
The Blue Swallows
In Walden wood the chickadee
The Darkling Thrush
I have a Bird in spring
To Robin Red-Breast
Poor Cock Robin
The Death of Lesbia's Bird
Of the Air
Cedar Waxwing on Scarlet Firethorn
A Warbler Annoucing Spring at Morning
The Happy Bird
Cardinals in a Shower at Union Square
A Pair of Tanagers
Sparrow Trapped in the Airport
Partita for Sparrows
The Call of the Junco Bird
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
The Faithful Friend
The Caged Goldfinch
For the Birds: A Charm of Goldfinches
Index of Poets and Poems
Index of Birds