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Bird Lovers, Backyard

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Bird Lovers, Backyard continues Thalia Field’s interrogation of the act of storytelling and her experimentation with literary genre. Field’s illuminating essays, or stories, in poetic form, place scientists, philosophers, animals, even the military, in real and imagined events. Her open questioning brings in subjects as diverse as pigeons, chat rooms, nuclear testing, the ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by New Directions (first published 2010)
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In part an exploration of place, species, and what extinction implies. This book tells the sad fate of the dusky seaside sparrow and the people who have erased/replaced those birds on Cape Canaveral.

A sad, charming, beautiful little book that will delight any who enjoy taking the time to contemplate the transience of existence.
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Lovely Lovely Lovely. A series of essay-poems about animal and human relations. In the first essay, Apparatus for the Inscription of a Falling Body, Field takes a common "pigeon problem" and turns it into a beautiful discourse on humanness, pigeonness and the importance of thought and conversation. The book often addresses the importance of conversations and language in our dealings with the animal world. One section comes from an online message board on how to deal with ants in your garden, ano ...more
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Thalia Field was born in Chicago in 1966. After attending lycée in France, she graduated with honors from Brown University. She has three books of experimental writing/prose poetry published with New Directions: Point and Line (2000), Incarnate: Story Material (2004), and Bird Lovers, Backyard (2009). A novel, ULULU (Clown Shrapnel) was published by Coffee House Press in 2008. Field's writing has ...more
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Instead of narrative build-up, what if we have Icarus crawling right into the water - wings on, indifferent to flight - skipping past the story-part to lie down in the ending?”
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