Thank you to the many kind souls who replied to my query about bird poems.
There were lots of poems that were new to me, or which I had read but forgotten.
I continue to welcome bird poems, but won't be able to reply for a couple of
weeks (am off to Lamington National Park, among other places).
My own favourite bird poems would be Ode to a Nightingale, by John Keats,
followed by To a Skylark, by Percy Shelley.
I also love this piece of writing from Jonathan Franzen's excellent memoir The
Discomfort Zone: "the California towhee generally, the whole species, reliably
uniform in its plumage and habits, was like a friend whose energy and optimism
had escaped the confines of a single body to animate roadsides and back yards
across thousands of square miles. [...] Taken as a whole, [birds] were like a
companion with an inexhaustibly rich personality."
"Brian Hawkins" <>
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:05 PM
[Birding-Aus] Favourite Bird Poems
> G'day all,
> I am
running a couple of walks, dealing with poetry about birds, at the upcoming
Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival
(http://bellingenwritersfestival.com.au/). I have many
poems already, but there must be thousands of good bird poems that I don't know
about. So I was wondering:
> What are your favourite bird
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