28 pages, $14 U.S.
Finishing Line Press
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poems in the collection, each inspired
by a bird, are loosely motivated by a
collection of mystical poems, The
Conference of the Birds, written by
the Persian poet, Farid Attar.
The poems take the form of Gacelas,
small poems quick and light as gazelles.
The form is explained in the postsrcipt:
"Related to ancient Moorish Ghazals, but
with different structure, they were
revived by Federico Garcia Lorca in the
early 20th century.These poems are
patterned on his 'Gacela of the
Although the poems in this
collection are feathery and mystical,
they are grounded in human suffering,
presented under the guise of bird tales.
Take for example, this poem, about a
Gold circles on his breast, gold
his one clipped wing, searching for
within the fountain of my prison. Men
in green robes captured everything of
within their images: they come to paint
his form to canvas where at length he
without companion, thirsting for the air
he knew at morning. Then, he felt he'd
forever on a lifting wind, and find
the waterfall he's heard from here
both gold and green, and molds them to
which has no ending: this is all his
all his desire: free him if you will
or let him search through watercourses,
with leaves fallen, undying or
beneath the water in their restless bed.
—Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan