Under each bird name, the poems are arranged chronologically; first lines are also given below each poem
title, as a potentially helpful spur to the memory. For untitled poems, the first line only is given instead (and identified as such via
enclosing quotation marks). I would eventually like to gloss/annotate all of the texts herein--to make it a true "anthology"--but for
now I've merely added comments immediately after a few of the entries, in parentheses, as they occurred to me.
|Oops--Let's try that BIRD Species/Type INDEX. . . .|
NEW (5/08): I've divided this "POEMS" section into EIGHT separate pages, for quicker loading. . . .
PARAKEET [pictured: Budgerigar]
THE BIRD WITH THE COPPERY, KEEN CLAWS --Wallace Stevens (U.S.)
"Above the forest of the parakeets"
(--The parakeet meets Plato!?)
I KNOW HOW IT FEELS --Alan Kaufman (U.S.)
"My parakeet is trying to kill himself"
(--Avian suicide: a growing problem; I love the line, "It's so hard to kill yourself when you're a bird.")
CYCLES --Charles Albano (U.S.)
"Friday is our parakeet"
(--a feathered friend with too many feathers!)
BAD BIRD --Tom Gannon (U.S. [Native American])
"My parakeet's an evil bird"
(--nonsense verse, really; but the bird really does "waddle"!)
BUDGIE IN A CAGE --Michelle Rogge Gannon (U.S.)
"After she took to attacking the wood"
(--BTW, the bird's [human] name is "Kiwi"; and yes, a lone woman in a cage is a tragic thing.)
DUET --Judie Peet (Australia)
"In all the silent woodland nothing moved"
PARROT, AFRICAN GRAY
FREE-VERSE PANTOUM WITH GARBANZOS AND PARROT --Nelson Miller (U.S.)
"Shimmering faint gold"
PEAFOWL, INDIAN ("Peacock") [photo, TCG]
THE PEACOCK --Guillaume Apollinaire (France)
"By spreading his tail this bird so fair"
DOMINATION OF BLACK --Wallace Stevens (U.S.)
"At night, by the fire"
(--birds as symbols for blind life, fear of death?)
PENGUIN MACHO FOR SILVIA --Nelson Miller (U.S.)
"For two months in the black Antarctic night"
PHEASANT [pictured: (Japanese) Green Pheasant]
"A MOUNTAIN PHEASANT" --Buson (Japan)
BLACK PHOEBE --Penny Wilkes (U.S.)
"I call him Flash Fleetwing"
PIGEON, ROCK (Domestic ~; Rock Dove) [photo: TCG]
HIGH FLYERS --Charles Albano (U.S.)
"Aloft those tall, tar-papered coops"
(--pigeons at war, with POW's, even--and not a stool pigeon among 'em!)
PIGEON, STOCK (Stock Dove)
"O NIGHTINGALE! THOU SURELY ART" --William Wordsworth (Gr. Brit.)
QUAIL, COMMON (Eurasian ~)
SUMMER MOOD --John Clare (Gr. Brit.)
"I love at eventide to walk alone"
TWILIGHT --Basho (Japan)
"'Hawk-eyes too will fail'"
RAVEN, COMMON [photo: TCG]
THE RAVENS NEST --John Clare (Gr. Brit.)
"Upon the collar of an hugh old oak"
THE RAVEN --Edgar Allan Poe (U.S.)
"Once upon a midnight dreary"
NOAH'S RAVEN --W. S. Merwin (U.S.)
"Why shoud I have returned?"
(--a haunting voice of avian alterity)
RAVEN IS TWO-FACED --Robert H. Davis (U.S. [Native American])
"Raven eyes blink"
(--The Native meets deconstruction? . . .)
alt/myth.org --Lynn Samsel (U.S.)
ROBIN, AMERICAN [photo: TCG]