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Friday, March 19, 2010

Poetry Friday--Bright Wings

This is the perfect time of year to highlight an anthology called Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds [821 BRI]. Bright Wings was edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.

The book is beautifully illustrated by David Allen Sibley, creator of Sibley's Birding Basics [598 SIB] and The Sibley Guide to Birds [598 SIB].

In his introduction Collins explains his reasoning behind leaving out some of the better known bird poems such as Gerard Manley Hopkins' "The Windhover."
...no editorial regrets were felt at the decision to leave them out. Instead, air time is given to many lesser-known poems, particularly more contemporary ones, in order to give the reader a better chance of being taken by surprise.
After the promise of surprise I couldn't wait to start reading--I wasn't disappointed! Here's a poem that had that element of surprise:
The Blue Booby
by James Tate

The blue booby lives
on the bare rocks
of Galapagos
and fears nothing.
It is a simple life:
they live on fish,
and there are few predators.
Also, the males do not
make fools of themselves
chasing after the young
ladies. Rather,
they gather the blue
objects of the world
and construct from them
Read the rest here

Visit the blog with the really long name, Some Novel Ideas: Book Reviews, Discussions, and Curriculum Plans for the Middle School Classroom, where you'll find this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

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