Poetry. FEEDING WILD BIRDS is a collection of poems rooted in the Michigan landscape, as seasons and lives undergo their seamless and subtle transformations. These are meditative poems in spare and simple language that examine the energies in animals, woods, lakes, land, weather and the human heart. In the silences and sounds of nature, the poems speak of the spirit that hovers just beyond the realm of our ideas, that whispers to us in stillness and that lights the paths of our awakening to the beauty of the world.
"Like the Buddhist and Taoist sages whom he admires, Haight places human life within the great realities—seasons, weathers, the cycles of birth and death, the host of living things—and he does so with a heart attuned to wildness. These are poems without an expiration date, as fresh and clear as moonlight or the morning dew."—Scott Russell Sanders
"The beautiful poems in FEEDING WILD BIRDS immerse me in a landscape that both awakens and instructs. Robert Haight has a way of seeing the faint blow of mystery, the world both real and transparent as soap bubbles. Everything is turning: leaves, seasons, parents' lives. The turning is elegiac, but sparked with immediacy. This is a book that will wash your senses clean."—Fleda Brown
"In FEEDING WILD BIRDS, Robert Haight seamlessly blends the observing eye of a field biologist with the aslant vision Emily Dickinson said a poet must have. He sees the truth with a freshness and depth, which, if we are awake to it, intensifies our vision of the ordinary and recasts it in a remarkable new light."—Dan Gerber
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About the Author
Robert Haight was born in Detroit and educated at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, where he received a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He has published three poetry collections, Water Music, EMERGENCES AND SPINNER FALLS, and FEEDING WILD BIRDS, and he has written essays and articles on fly fishing, the environment, education and spirituality for a variety of edited books, journals and magazines. His writing has won awards from the Poetry Resource Center of Michigan, Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Foundation and the Arts Foundation of Michigan. He teaches writing, literature and meditation at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and lives at Hemlock Lake in Cass County, Michigan.