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"A Bird-while. In a natural chronometer, a Bird-while may be admitted as one of the metres, since the space most of the wild birds will allow you to make your observations on them when they alight near you in the woods, is a pretty equal and familiar measure" (Ralph Waldo Emerson's Journal, 1838). Without becoming didactic or pedantic about the spiritual metaphor hidden in ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 6th 2017 by Wayne State University Press
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DeWitt Clinton
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keith Taylor, Ecstatic Destinations ( Alice Green & Co., Ann Arbor, 2018), unpaginated
Keith Taylor, The Bird-while (Wayne State UP, Detroit, 2017) 79 pp.

Though I’ve been chased by a startled black bear in upstate New York, and have conversed with turkey buzzards on the way to work, spotted beautiful red foxes, and stood in awe when whooping cranes swept over my gaze, and have been thrilled to hear Canadian geese honking away, most of the time I’m just walking back home from errands, or ch
Alyson Hagy
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've loved Keith Taylor's poetry for a long time. He transports me with his distilled and generous vision. THE BIRD-WHILE is magnificent. It features range and depth. It is saturated in wisdom, a clear-eyed witnessing of the natural world that is awash in delight and awe. These poems are beautiful. They were also, for me, necessary. I could feel the scales falling from my eyes as I read in wonder.
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Shelves: poetry
I enjoy Taylor's poetry for many reasons, including its references to environs of the Great Lakes. Was little disappointed to see a handful of poems in this book that also appear on other collections of his work that I already own.
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Shelves: poetry
"i was young enough to believe that if something felt significant it probably was."

this collection is kind of magical. the poems are about reality, sure, but they read like dreams, whimsical and nostalgic. at times, i thought they were hauntingly sad. my personal favorites: "the collections in london," "sea and rain," and "castle nowhere."

keith taylor is a professor at my university, so i was especially happy that i enjoyed this book so much. it was lovely to see michigan highlighted in some of
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Natural. Beautiful. Awe-inspiring.
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Keith Taylor was born in British Columbia in 1952. He spent his childhood in Alberta and his adolescence in Indiana. After several years of traveling, he moved to Michigan, where he earned his M.A. in English at Central Michigan University. He has worked as a camp-boy for a hunting outfitter in the Yukon, as a dishwasher in southern France, a housepainter in Indiana and Ireland, a freight handler, ...more

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