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In this stunning collection, the author offers an exquisite array of poems at once sublime and playful, dedicated to the unearthly wonders of winged creatures. The book is a universal song of praise to the mysteries and intricacies of the animal world that surrounds us, and a wide-awake hymn, by a master lyricist, to the delights and surprises of our common language. The brilliantly vivid, elegant verse is sure to delight and inspire general readers, poetry enthusiasts, and avid birders or naturalists alike.
Sidney Wade is a Fulbright scholar and translator and a professor emerita at the University of Florida where she taught creative writing and was poetry editor for the UF literary journal Subtropics. She is the author of six poetry volumes and her work has appeared in publications such as The Nation, The New Yorker, and Poetry Magazine. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
"The quick, closely observed poems in Sidney Wade's beguiling Bird Book move from page to page like their subjects — in flight, on air, a murmuration sweeping across the horizon." —William Souder, author, On a Farther Shore
"Sidney Wade's linguistic and philosophical turns in Bird Book confirm that she is both the supreme heir to Wallace Stevens and one of the most original poets in the language." —Randall Mann, author, Straight Razor
"This is a beautiful, wise, and timely collection." —Daniel Anderson, author, Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel
"As impressive and thrillingly exact as these poems are concerning matters ornithological, it is the exquisite music —'earth-sprung, bright, and resonant'—of Wade's radically short line that so enchants me, the free play of interlinear rhyme, phonemic harmonies, and small bursts of metrical rhythms that yield more vitality and delight than any gathering of poems I have encountered in a very long time.” —B.H. Fairchild, author, The Blue Buick
"Supple and airy as their subjects, and as durable and colorful, too, Sidney Wade's poems in Bird Book remind us of the sonic closeness of the words 'bird' and 'bard.' These are poems of wit, surprise, elegance, joy, and a sense of the marvelous. They take flight." —Mark Jarman, author, The Heronry
"Luminous …graceful …precise. Wade makes us look up and out past our phones and screens to the trees, the sky." —Ruben Quesada, author, Next Extinct Mammal
"Incantatory in its music... deploys light-hearted listening and looking as the basis of its appeal. A bird walk with a delightful guide who doesn't miss a note or a flash of wing. It seems we have swayed back to a sentimental poetics, and hopefully not too late to save the world." —Edward Derby, The Rumpus