The workshop at Columbine Poets of Colorado today featured poems in honor of The Year of the Bird. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a conservation measure prohibiting the “pursuit, hunt, take, capture, kill or sale” of migratory birds in the US.
It has nothing but coincidence to do with the fact that this week I started circulating a poetry manuscript titled The Gift Bird. I will, however welcome whatever synchronicity ensues. I’ve become more and more fascinated by birds and I have many, many poems that refer to birds. In honor of all this avian coincidence, I offer you a list of some of my favorite books about birds.
Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds
Barnes, Simon. How to Be a Bad Bird Watcher
Barnes, Simon. The Meaning of Birds
Cocker, Mark. Birders: Memoirs of a Tribe
Leck, David. The Life of a Robin
Lorenz, Konrad. King Soloman’s Ring
Moss, Stephen. A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Bird Watching
Nicolson, Adam. The Seabird’s Cry
Peattie, Donald Culrose, Ed. A Gathering of Birds: An Anthology of the Best Ornithological Prose
Rothenberg, David. Why Birds Sing
Tudge, Colin. The Bird: A Natural History of Who Birds Are, Where They Came From, and How They Live
Young, Jon. What the Robin Knows