Blackbird, Bye Bye

Blackbird, Bye Bye

by Moniza Alvi


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Moniza Alvi's new book is unified by birds. Her creations `Motherbird' and `Fatherbird' are inspired by her parents, and by the loss of her father and by his emigration from Pakistan. Among the many bird-related poems are versions of the French poets Jules Supervielle and Saint-John Perse, and poems `after' the paintings of the Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist Remedios Varo. Blackbird, Bye Bye is Moniza Alvi's first new poetry book since her T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted collection At the Time of Partition, published in 2013.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780374222
Publisher: DUFOUR
Publication date: 08/20/2018
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 799,787
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Motherbird 8

Motherbird Can't Fly 9

Her Feathers 10

The Egg and the Dream 11

Motherbird and Her Life So Far 12

Invisible 13

Motherbird's Ornament 14

The Coldest Winter 15

When Motherbird Met Father bird 16

Golden Bird 17

Motherbird Sings 18

A Photo of Fatherbird 19

The Afterlife of Fatherbird 21

Chinese Story 31

Three poems inspired by the paintings of Remedios Varo 33

A Portrait of the World 33

Creating the Birds 34

Allegory of Winter 35

The Empty Nest 37

A Soft White Feather Lying on the Grass 38

November Trees 39

Stories 40

The Callers 42

The Vanishing Point 43

Being Alive 44

To the Birds 45

Birds and Naturalists 46

At the Frontier 47

The Bird and the Artist 48

A Long Reign 50

Blood Feathers 51

No Comfort 53

The Tree 54

Fatherbird's Despair 55

The Nest They Made 56

Dark Bird 57

What I hear now is tuneless 58

The Mirror 59

Less, much less 60

Acknowledgements 63

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