From the myths of ancient Greece to the fables of Aesop, from Chaucer to contemporary poetry and fiction, birds are central to literature because they connect us intimately to the natural world. Whether we watch birds at our feeders, travel vast distances to identify rare species, or simply pause in a busy day to listen to the coo of a dove or the trill of a warbler, birdsFrom the myths of ancient Greece to the fables of Aesop, from Chaucer to contemporary poetry and fiction, birds are central to literature because they connect us intimately to the natural world. Whether we watch birds at our feeders, travel vast distances to identify rare species, or simply pause in a busy day to listen to the coo of a dove or the trill of a warbler, birds sustain us. Birds in the Hand is a collection of contemporary fiction and poetry that explores the complex, often startling ways in which birds shed light upon our lives. In work from a diverse and celebrated group of contemporary authors such as Charles Baxter, T.C. Boyle, Jim Harrison, Flannery O'Connor, Pattiann Rogers, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Ethan Canin, and Jorie Graham, birds are sources of inspiration, confrontation, and revelation. These stories and poems take us from New York and Hoboken to the Salton Sea and the wilds of Montana, from a hardware store to the westernmost Aleutian island, from a prison to marshes, forests, and seacoasts. Field guides and natural history books cannot capture the essence of why birds thrill us. Birds in the Hand uses the vitality and nuance of fiction and poetry to get at the heart of our mysterious sense of birds and the way they can reflect the brightest and darkest aspects of our own natures....
|Title||:||Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds|
|Number of Pages||:||374 Pages|
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Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds Reviews
I bought this at a used bookstore for $1.50, figuring I wouldn't lose much if it turned out to be a bust. But I loved it! The editors have collected works from topnotch contemporary writers. And the fact that all the entries center in some way on birds never becomes repetitive. Birds are here in all their light and darkness, and our humanness is revealed with every poem and story. I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't as much of a bird-lover as I am. Birds are at the heart of everything in this collection, and it's not just about birds.
This made for a great bathroom book - an essential caveat of fine literature. Short poems, long poems, short stories, excerpts... all varying widely in subject, tone, voice, etc... but tied together by the common thread of birds. If you use the bathroom (and I suspect that you do) I would definitely recommend this book to help you pass the time (and other things).