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Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds
by Dylan Nelson
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 ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 19th 2005 by North Point Press
(first published 2004)
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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 ...more
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).