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Poetry. Terry Blackhawk has selected favorite "bird poems" from her four previous volumes and collected them in THE WHISK AND WHIR OF WINGS. Grounded in hours of observation, work as an Audubon volunteer, and encounter with the natural world, the poems explore boundaries between the ecological and the psychological. As they travel from backyard to mountainsides, they invite the reader to join in pursuit of the hidden, the wild, the edge of language, what is beyond the frame. Ecstatic or meditative, watchful or wry, Terry Blackhawk's voice owes something to both Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop. This new collection celebrates the acceptance of change but also fulfills the human need for "perch and purchase." The "whisk and whir" of these poems' memorable music take us to swamp and woodland, beach and river, Ecuador, Detroit, Key West, into the heart of loss, memory, and love—wherever wing beats "exalt" or "disturb" our air.
Terry Blackhawk is the author of many poetry collections, including ONE LESS RIVER (Mayapple Press, 2019), THE WHISK AND WHIR OF WINGS (The Ridgeway Press, 2016), ESCAPE ARTIST (BkMk Press at the University of Missourri-Kansas City, 2003), winner of the John Ciardi Prize. Her awards include a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Council for the Arts. She has poems in many journals and anthologies and on line at Rattle, The Collagist, Solstice, Verse Daily and elsewhere.Author City: DETROIT, MI USA