Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds


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ISBN-13: 9780231150873
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 657,460
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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


Somers, New York

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1941

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

Table of Contents

John James Audubon
Loons Mating
Drifting Off
Mother Carey's Hen
The Birds
The Magnificent Frigatebird
The Frigate Pelican
The Blue Booby
The Heron
Hope and Love
On the Sight of Swans in Kensington Gardens
On the Marriage of Friends
Swan and Shadow
Wild Geese
The Teal
From Woody's Restaurant, Middlebury
Still, Citizen Sparrow
To a Farmer Who Hung Five Hawks on His Barbed Wire
Evening Hawk
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
The Coot
On a 3½ oz. Lesser Yellow Legs, Departed Boston August 28, Shot Martinique September 3
The Ballet of the Fifth Year
The Kittiwake
After Reading Peterson's Guide
Lost Parrot
The Contrast; The Parrot and the Wren
The Great Horned Owl
A Barred Owl
To a Captive Owl
An Owl
Great Grey Owl
The Owl
The Owl
Chimney Swifts
The Kingfisher
The Kingfisher
The Woodpecker Keeps Returning
The Woodpecker
Arts of Joy
Black Phoebe
The Shrike
Still Missing the Jays
Magpie's Song
Paired Things
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 Swallow
The Emperor's Bird's-Nest
Watching the Swallows from The Princess; O Swallow
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad
Cliff Swallows
The Blue Swallows
December Notes
In Walden wood the chickadee
The Bluebirds
The Darkling Thrush
I have a Bird in spring
Love's Good-Morrow
To Robin Red-Breast
Poor Cock Robin
The Death of Lesbia's Bird
Of the Air
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing on Scarlet Firethorn
A Warbler Annoucing Spring at Morning
The Happy Bird
Bird Watching
The Cardinal
Cardinals in a Shower at Union Square
A Pair of Tanagers
Brave Sparrow
Love Song
Christmas Sparrow
Sparrow Trapped in the Airport
Partita for Sparrows
Old Acquaintance
The Call of the Junco Bird
Redwing Blackbirds
Red-Winged Blackbirds
The Birds
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Keeping track
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
The Faithful Friend
The Caged Goldfinch
For the Birds: A Charm of Goldfinches
Rara Avis
Index of Poets and Poems
Index of Birds

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Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
thewykoffs on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Fantastic idea - combining poetry and visual art to celebrate one of God's charming gifts to man: birds. However, much of the poetry was, as is much poetry, overly esoteric. (Can poetry be esoteric without being overly esoteric?) Sibley's illustrations were fantastic, which should be expected of Sibley. Billy Collins' (editor) single contribution to the book's poetry was, perhaps, the best poem in the book. I discovered a few new poets whose writings I plan to track down.
rmckeown on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This fun volume has given me much pleasure over the last month. Bright Wings travels easy and makes a good companion when even only a few minutes become available for reading. Many of the birds come to my feeders, and I found myself thumbing through the book to read the poem.One of my favorite birds to visit is the Northern Cardinal. The poem Collins selected has a grace and beauty to match the bird: ¿The Cardinal¿ by Henry Carlile:¿Not to conform to any other coloris the secret of being colorful.He shocks us when he flieslike a red verb over the snow.He sifts through the blue eveningsto his roost.He is turning purple.Soon he¿ll be black.In the bar¿s dark I think of himThere are no cardinals here.Only a woman in a red dress.¿ (203)Fans of birds, poetry, and Billy Collins¿ tastes in poetry will love this book. (5 stars)--Jim, 10/20/10
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SuzanneGS More than 1 year ago
Birds are an inspiration to mystics, scientists, poets and artists. Here, the poet and artist join in an inspired collection of poetry spanning from the ancients to the postmoderns. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins has anthologized some of the finest, and occasionally lesser-known, poems about our winged friends and matched them with illustrations by the contemporary nature artist David Allen Sibley. This is a perfect gift item for the lover of poetry or birds.
Carbentley More than 1 year ago
There are many treasures here, most of which were unknown to me. It is a great set of love letters to natures singers and hoppers and jokesters.