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Birds Nobody Loves

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"Birds Nobody Loves" is an illustrated collection of poems about two of the less popular denizens of the sky. After spending a lot of time watching vultures and grackles around his home in central Texas, author James Brush "never ceases to be amazed--and just a little horrified--by the scorn these two creatures illicit. It's precisely that derision and disdain for these tw ...more
Paperback, 44 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Coyote Mercury Press (first published January 19th 2012)
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Apr 10, 2012 Danica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy good poetry
Shelves: first-reads
I was very happy to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway: I enjoy poetry, and I love the concept.

This is the kind of book that you can easily finish in an afternoon, but the poems themselves will stay with you much longer, even if you don't take the time I did to slow down and give each poem the opportunity to reveal more of itself. There are so many interesting thoughts, so many turns of phrase and descriptions that will turn up in your mind hours or days after reading it, making you want to o
Juliet Wilson
Feb 27, 2012 Juliet Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I was delighted to receive my review copy of Birds Nobody Loves - A book of vultures and grackles by James Brush. It is a beautiful looking book with a striking black and white picture of a grackle on the front. Inside is a selection of excellent poetry about these two types of misunderstood birds along with more black and white illustrations.

The poetry is well observed, here is someone who clearly watches birds carefully and has a way with words to describe them in striking ways. The poems show
Apr 27, 2016 morbidflight rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
It was a pretty good birthday present from someone who knows me well. I loved one bit in particular about birds gulping down the sky.
Mark Stratton
Feb 19, 2012 Mark Stratton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A marvelous collection about Vultures and Grackles, truly birds nobody loves. Yet, Brush brings a sensitivity and true appreciation for both of these unloved birds. With a sympathetic eye and a touch of humor, Brush shows why we should at the least appreciate, if not love, these birds.

Wonderful collection. Highly recommended.
Scott Rudolph
Jan 26, 2015 Scott Rudolph rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is not technically a review of this book. I say that, because I've not in my lifetime read nearly enough poetry to be able to comment on whether or not its well written. I can tell you that I did enjoy the poems and recommend both, ’While Sitting in Church’ and ‘In The Time of The Automobile’ as two of my personal favorites from the collection. That said, poetry and the reading of it for me is a very personal and unique experience. Not every poem speaks to every reader. However, when this b ...more
Emily Crow
This slender volume of poetry contains some real gems. (I have to confess that, like the author, I love vultures and grackles.) These poems are, by turns, beautiful, insightful, funny and whimsical; like the aging ornithologist in one of the final poems, I, too, would rather be eaten by vultures and "buried in the sky" than tossed in a casket after my death. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys birds or poetry, or better yet, both!
Jun 15, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!

I have not read poetry in quite a while and this was a fantastic reintroduction to it! I tend to lean to the darker side of life as well as loving things(people/animals/places)that others do not care for. This book fits both of those avenues for me & then some. I love the grackles being the beautiful nuisances that they are and vultures, well, just being vultures. I am also not one to read a book more than once. I have read this one twice so far & will be reading it ag
Heather Stewart
Feb 11, 2013 Heather Stewart rated it it was amazing
I found myself smiling the entire time I was reading this book. The writing is tight and beautiful and at times left me breathless. How can I like a book about vultures so much? It's unique, and the writing grabs you. Favourites are Chasing Westward and Confession: (I caught my breath when you confessed that you love vultures too.) Already looking forward to Brush's next book!
Sep 10, 2012 Chrissy rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this. Some of the poems weren't really my cup of tea, but there are others that I loved. I'm not really big on poetry, so I can't say why I did and didn't like certain poems. But on the whole I liked the collection, and enjoyed reading the book more than I thought I would.
May 22, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing
A small book of poetry about Vultures and Grackles. The most beautiful poem is about how after death, the author wants to be left by the roadside for the vultures ...

Then, at last, I could soar
finally fly on dusky wings

buried in the sky.
Aug 21, 2012 Maya rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, birds
I am biased, as a birder, but I was very taken with these poems. It's not often I find simple poetry so profound.

The author's illustrations were quite ugly though. Some pencil drawings would have suited this collection a lot better.
Bcoghill Coghill
I am a birder in a part of the country that has none of these birds but totally enjoyed this book.
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James Brush lives in Austin, TX and posts things online at Coyote Mercury where he keeps a full list of publications. He also edits the online literary journal Gnarled Oak.
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