Ten Poems about Birds Various Authors (2nd edition) By Candlestick Press
The ten selections are little miracles in themselves, capturing the quirks of habit or appearance that distinguish one species from another. Never anthropomorphic, they imagine what the vivid life of a bird must be, or tease out what it is that thrills or moves us when we’re surprised by a bird as we hurry about our lives.
For Kathleen Jamie the wheeling flight of swallows captures a life lived in brightness and freedom, while for Katrina Porteous a skylark is:
“…all the music the heart needs,
Full of its sudden fall, silent fields.”
from ‘Skylark’ by Katrina Porteou
Poems by Elizabeth Bishop, John Clare, Emily Dickinson, Paul Farley, Rebecca Goss, Kathleen Jamie, Michael Longley, George MacBeth, Katrina Porteousand Lynne Wycherley.
Cover illustration by Cathy King.
Donation to The Owls Trust.