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Come Late to the Love of Birds

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Sandra’s first collection, The Animal Bridegroom featured an introduction by Neil Gamin and has sold out. This collection expands on her themes of abject romances, deformed fairytales gone and the astonishing delights of life in glorious 21st century.

Kasturi's latest poetry book fuses nature's continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our
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Paperback, 125 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Tightrope Books, Inc.
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Emily Crow
I think I've read a good variety of books this year, but sadly, I seem to have neglected poetry. I really like poetry, but I tend to go back to my favorites over and over rather than try new works, which is a shame, because there are so many interesting poets out there. And this was an interesting little collection. If I had to summarize my reaction to it in just a couple of words, I would say these poems are clever and playful. Kasturi often seems to be playing with words and concepts, just to ...more
Ann Schwader
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is an elegantly produced little volume of (mostly) bird-related & speculative poems, a surprising number of them formal. I was expecting a more sf/fantasy tone, but found myself caught up in the sheer craftsmanship instead.

Love of language -- especially the sound of language -- predominates here. A very few of these poems were a bit too surreal / experimental for me to appreciate, but in general I read each one two or three times to savor it -- which is why I've been taking so long
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Diane
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I have reviewed this lovely collection on AmazingStoriesMag.com:

http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2013/06/...
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title is a reference to not noticing birds until late in life, and by metaphorical extension finally noticing other things that had hovered on the edges of awareness. This poetry chapbook is a paean to what can be the sharp, discerning reality of later years, when humans start to truly realize that they are not indestructible. So it’s a self-aware little tome, full of meaning wrapping in avian metaphors. Below, I provide a few tastes of this feast of words, hoping to entice you to read all ...more
Erin Emily
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Favourite poems include ‘Hummingbird Hagiography,’ ‘Poets and other Birds of Prey,’ ‘Black as Bees,’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber.’ This book is full of fairytales and lore and birds. A perfect combination.
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Jessie B.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely collection of poems
Derek Newman-Stille
In her poetry collection Come Late to the Love of Birds, Sandra Kasturi creates a spectral reality, an assemblage of words that makes the familiar strange and the strange familiar. She reveals the extraordinary in the natural, taking scenes of everyday life and introducing an otherworldly quality, a nuance of language and image that breaks down the notions of what is real.

The figure of the bird provides a framework for this strange-making process, an animal that is both fundamentally natural and
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Maya
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Poetry about birds appeals to me greatly, as a bird lover. But there's more than just birds in Sandra Kasturi's Come Late to the Love of Birds. Among the nature themed poems are whimsical 21st century reflections and re-imaginings of mythology. While not as dark as Sylvia Plath or Sharon Olds, Kasturi's complex imagery couldn't help but remind me of them.

My two favourite poems would be Lark, and the Seussian A Man in His Car, Beside His Beautiful Wife.
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Author of The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books; introduction by Neil Gaiman). Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. Co-organizer of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Founder of the CZP/Rannu Fund for Writers of Speculative Literature. Co-editor (with Halli Villegas) of the yearly series Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Founding member of the ...more