Birds Nobody Loves: A Book of Vultures and Gracklesby James Brush
After spending a lot of time watching vultures and grackles around his home in central Texas, author James Brush "never ceases to be amazed--and just a little horrified--by the scorn these two creatures illicit. It's precisely that derision and disdain/i>
Birds Nobody Loves is an illustrated collection of poems about two of the less popular denizens of the sky.
After spending a lot of time watching vultures and grackles around his home in central Texas, author James Brush "never ceases to be amazed--and just a little horrified--by the scorn these two creatures illicit. It's precisely that derision and disdain for these two species that attracted me to them as subject matter for a poetry collection." The grackle poems take a sometimes humorous look at our various fears of the other (and the things that spark those fears: ugliness, alienation, disease, fear of change) while the vulture poems examine themes of mortality and the connections and interrelationships between the human and natural worlds.
Most of the poems in this collection have been published in various online and print journals and on James's blog.
- Coyote Mercury Press
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)
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I am taking it back my previous Derision and disdain? The author in fact loves the birds and I can well relate to his feelings. The cover image is also great - however allegoric it is very well representative of the nature of the bird I love the most.
Derision and disdain? Nobody loves Grackles, Really? Speak for yourself, because if you ask me - I love grackles more than anything else, and I know them better than the poet.
This is not technically a review of this book. I say that, because I've not in my lifetime read nearly enough poetry to be able to comment on whether or not its well written. I can tell you that I did enjoy the poems and recommend both, ’While Sitting in Church’ and ‘In The Time of The Automobile’ as two of my personal favorites from the collection. That said, poetry and the reading of it for me is a very personal and unique experience. Not every poem speaks to every reader. However, when this book came into my hands, I did want to share my thoughts. This book is an interesting collection of James Brush’s poetry and illustrations. The Subject? Yes, you guessed it Vultures and Grackles. Not your first choice of bird for a poem? Mine either, however not being a bird lover (my apologies to all who find them beautiful, I never have!), I was very pleased to find that I could relate to and thoroughly enjoy some of these poems. Brush’s book is a collection of twenty four poems, and each is unique in its message and form. The collection is well laid out with all print and illustrations including the cover in black and white. It almost speaks to a contrast between the two birds. The illustrations lend themselves nicely to the work, and make the book enjoyable to read. The size of the piece allows it to be easily tucked into a laptop bag (I have tested this!) or into a briefcase or carry on, for reading on your way to work, or to tote along on vacation. If you have chance to pick it up, I would say go for it.