Bird Lovers, Backyard

Overview

Thalia Field’s third book with New Directions is a tour de force of blending literary genres (poetry, prose, essay, and drama) and examining our control of the natural world.Bird Lovers, Backyard continues Thalia Field’s interrogation of the act of storytelling and her experimentation with literary genre. Field’s illuminating essays, or stories, in poetic form, place scientists, philosophers, animals, even the military, in real and imagined events. Her open questioning brings in subjects as diverse as pigeons, ...
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Overview

Thalia Field’s third book with New Directions is a tour de force of blending literary genres (poetry, prose, essay, and drama) and examining our control of the natural world.Bird Lovers, Backyard continues Thalia Field’s interrogation of the act of storytelling and her experimentation with literary genre. Field’s illuminating essays, or stories, in poetic form, place scientists, philosophers, animals, even the military, in real and imagined events. Her open questioning brings in subjects as diverse as pigeons, chat rooms, nuclear testing, the building of the Kennedy Space Center, the development of seaside beaches, Konrad Lorenz, the American author and animal trainer Vicki Hearne, and the Swiss zoologist Heini Hediger. Throughout, she intermingles fact and fiction, probing the porous boundaries between human and animal, calling into question “what we are willing to do with words,” and spinning a world where life is haunted by echoes. Story and event survive through daring language, and the elegies of history.
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Editorial Reviews

Anne Waldman
“Thalia Field’s curiosity and probe is infectious, tantalizing, irrepressible. She is one of our most startling, original younger writers.”
The Bloomsbury Review
“Thalia Field’s poetry is mesmerizing, complex, and stands on its own with original forms.”
The Believer
“Thalia Field’s powers and preoccupations...make for poignant, compelling reading that is equal parts cerebral, mythical, vulnerable and political.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811218405
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,455,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thalia Field (b. 1966, Chicago) attended a lycée in France, and worked at the Theatre des Amandiers in Nanterre and at the Theatre Nationale de Marseilles. She graduated with honors in creative writing from Brown University, winning the first John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. She is presently on the faculty at Brown University. Her books include Point and Line, Incarnate: Story Material, and Bird Lovers, Backyard.
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Table of Contents

Apparatus for the Inscription of a Falling Body 1

Crossroads 24

This Crime Has a Name 31

Parting 42

A Weedy Sonata

Exposition: He Told Animal Stories 61

Development: Another Case for Television 93

Recapitulation: Youthful Folly 100

Discussion Group 112

On the Increase of the Habitable Earth 123

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