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Twelve Poems About Birds (Pamphlet)

by Jenny Swann, illustrated by Jill Perry
£4.95   paperback  Candlestick Press (2010)

Twelve Poems About Birds (Pamphlet) by Jenny Swann, illustrated by Jill Perry Poets and birds go back a long way. Down the centuries, countless poets have hitched a lift on the wings of birds. Some of the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems describe the haunting calls of birds as they accompany seafarers through the harsh realities of their lives.
Twelve Poems about Birds (a baker’s dozen, incidentally) offers a glimpse of our amazing heritage of bird poems by historical and contemporary writers including Elizabeth Bishop, John Clare, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas and Lynne Wycherley. Some of the chosen poems will be familiar to readers and some unfamiliar – either because they have fallen out of fashion or because they are published here for the first time.
At £4.95 Twelve Poems about Birds makes a fantastic instead-of-a-card offering for bird-lovers and nature-lovers more generally. Our hope is that it will inspire people to read further, perhaps on rainy days when their binoculars and field guides lie idle.
Of all the gay birds that e’er I did see,
The owl is the fairest by far to me,
For all day long she sits on a tree,
And when the night comes away flies she.

ISBN 13: 9780955894497 | ISBN 10: 0955894492

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