Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds

by Billy Collins, David Allen Sibley
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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

Birder's World
What's not to love?

Dallas Morning News
Part poetry anthology, part field guide, Bright Wings is a delight.

— Isabel Nathaniel

Des Moines Register
An elegant little compilation.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A beautiful anthology.

— Jim Higgins

The West Australian
[Collins & Sibley] have created a veritable jeweled music box... sure to appeal to birdlovers and poetry fans alike.The West Australian

Country Gardens
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

The Midwest Book Review
Rarely has poetry and art been so deftly partnered.... A truly impressive anthology.

The Folio
Collins has done his homework, ponying up those who should never be forgotten nor hidden away in an English Lit syllabus.

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Jim Williams
A reminder that everything important about birds can't be found in guide books or scientific papers.

Dallas Morning News - Isabel Nathaniel
Part poetry anthology, part field guide, Bright Wings is a delight.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jim Higgins
A beautiful anthology.

Country Gardens - Adam Levine
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231150873
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
495,470
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Somers, New York
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1941
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

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