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Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry About Birds

by Dylan Nelson (Editor), Kent Nelson (Editor)

Other authors: Kim Addonizio (Contributor), Sherman Alexie (Contributor), William Archila (Contributor), Andrea Barrett (Contributor), Charles Baxter (Contributor)65 more, Wendell Berry (Contributor), Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor), David Bottoms (Contributor), T.C. Boyle (Contributor), Joel Brouwer (Contributor), B. J. Buckley (Contributor), Robert Olen Butler (Contributor), Ethan Canin (Contributor), Hayden Carruth (Contributor), Amy Clampitt (Contributor), Billy Collins (Contributor), Robert Dana (Contributor), Rita Dove (Contributor), Louise Erdrich (Contributor), Richard Foerster (Contributor), Daisy Fried (Contributor), Brendan Galvin (Contributor), Tim Gautreaux (Contributor), Sarah Getty (Contributor), Reginald Gibbons (Contributor), Albert Goldbarth (Contributor), Jorie Graham (Contributor), John Harjo (Contributor), Jim Harrison (Contributor), Robert Hass (Contributor), William Hathaway (Contributor), Seamus Heaney (Contributor), Mark Helprin (Contributor), Andrew Hudgins (Contributor), Richard Jackson (Contributor), Sheri Joseph (Contributor), Barbara Kingsolver (Contributor), Maxine Kumin (Contributor), John L'Heureux (Contributor), Li-Young Lee (Contributor), Philip Levine (Contributor), Robert Hill Long (Contributor), Barry Lopez (Contributor), Kathleen Lynch (Contributor), Peter Meinke (Contributor), William Meredith (Contributor), Howard Norman (Contributor), Leslie Norris (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Greg Pape (Contributor), Stanley Plumly (Contributor), Pattiann Rogers (Contributor), Maximilian Schlaks (Contributor), Jap Epton Seale (Contributor), Martha Silano (Contributor), Macklin Smith (Contributor), R.T. Smith (Contributor), W. D. Snodgrass (Contributor), Maya Sonenberg (Contributor), Gladys Swan (Contributor), Chase Twichell (Contributor), David Wagoner (Contributor), Derek Walcott (Contributor), Robert Penn Warren (Contributor), Kellie Wells (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), William Wenthe (Contributor), Richard Wilbur (Contributor), James Wright (Contributor), Paul Zarzyski (Contributor)

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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, 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.… (more)



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A beautiful collection of short stories and poems about my favorite topics. One of the highlight quotes: "I was convinced that birds were kinds of souls. Not the souls of people but of previous birds whose mystery and beauty were so necessary on earth that God would not allow them to be anything in their second life but birds again." ( )
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Praise them by Li-Young Lee;
The kingfisher by Leslie Norris;
Angel of mercy, angel of wrath by Ethan Canin;
The hummingbird: a seduction by Pattiann Rogers;
Duck blind by Robert Hass;
The white ibis by Robert Hill Long;
Hardware sparrows by R.T. Smith;
The bird watcher by David Wagoner;
Jealous husband returns in form of parrot by Robert Olen Butler;
Abracadabra kit by Joel Brouwer;
Under the vulture-tree by David Bottoms;
27,000 miles by Albert Goldbarth;
The Jain Bird Hospital in Delhi by William Meredith;
The elixir by Sheri Joseph;
From prodigal summer by Barbara Kingsolver;
Cataract by Charles Baxter;
How to obtain eagle feathers for religious use by Sherman Alexie;
Eagle poem by John Harjo;
At the Shorebird Festival: Grays Harbor County, Washington by Martha Silano;
North Haven by Elizabeth Bishop;
The birds of Vietnam by Hayden Carruth;
From the bird artist by Howard Norman;
Birds with no feet by Andrea Barrett;
Flamingos by Greg Pape;
Driving myself to a poetry reading by Billy Collins;
The bird feeder by William Hathaway;
The sea we read about by Philip Levine;
Rara Avis by T.C. Boyle;
Flight by John L'Heureux;
How to build an owl by Kathleen Lynch;
A phoebe's nest by W.D. Snodgrass;
Corporate geese by Chase Twichell;
The singing by Kim Addonizio;
Bizarzyski, mad bard, carpenter savant, and chuckwagon wrangler of Manchester, Montana, feeds the finicky birds by Paul Zarzyski;
The turkey by Flannery O'Connor;
A still moment by Eudora Welty;
Worlds apart by Richard Jackson;
Big bird comes to the Rio Grande Valley in 1976 by Jap Epton Seale;
Owls by Louise Erdrich;
Heart of Autumn by Robert Penn Warren;
The cranes by Peter Meinke;
A long Sunday by Maximilian Schlaks;
Bird by William Archila;
Guts by Daisy Fried;
Detail from the creation of man by Jorie Graham;
Against flight by Rita Dove;
Watching the nighthawk's dive by Robert Dana;
Dreaming cow by Gladys Swan;
Transmigrations by Kellie Wells;
The heron by Wendell Berry;
One for the life list by Brendan Galvin;
The hohntor by Richard Foerster;
Birding the battle of attu by Macklin Smith;
Cedar waxwing on scarlot firethorn by Stanley Plumly;
From Farmer by Jim Harrison;
Little frogs in a ditch by Tim Gautreaux;
That woman by Sarah Getty;
In June, in Summer by B.J. Buckley;
Bringing down the birds by Maxine Kumin;
Raven days by Andrew Hudgins;
The writer by Richard Wilbur;
Emory bear hands' birds by Barry Lopez;
Beyond mecca by Maya Sonenberg;
A hermit thrush by Amy Clampitt;
The quail by James Wright;
Drifting Off by Seamus Heaney;
Birds of Hoboken by William Wenthe;
No matter what has happened this May by Reginald Gibbons;
A dove of the east by Mark Helprin;
The season of phantasmal peace by Derek Walcott
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