Poetry. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Winner of the Firewheel Chapbook Award. 25 SIGHTINGS is inspired by those who watch and wait, and, finally, report sightings of a bird believed to be extinct for over half a century. The bird was magnificent—black with a white chevron stripe across the wing and an ivory bill. The bird fell victim to the Singer Sewing Machine. Singer clear-cut much of the southern forest, the home of the Ivory-billed, to meet the demand for sewing machine cabinets.On one level 25 SIGHTINGS chronicles reports from those who have seen the bird that is "believed to be extinct" and posits that we have an overwhelming desire to keep the bird alive, if nothing else, in our collective imagination. On another level it tells the story of the writer's family as it chronicles the old behaviors of a fading generation. It juxtaposes the vanishing of the woodpecker with the impending loss of the writer's grandmother. This is a prose poem about extinction that suggests that we might find renewal in sightings and listings.
Re'Lynn Hansen's essays and prose poems have appeared in numerous anthologies. She is the receiptient of the New South Prose Prize and the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook 25 SIGHTINGS OF THE IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER was published by Firewheel Editions. Her novel, Take Me to the Underground, was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She is a faculty editor for South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art. She is an Associate Professor in the Nonfiction Program in the Creative Writing Department of Columbia College, Chicago.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA