Bright Wings edited by Billy Collins and illustrated by David Allen Sibley
In this beautiful collection of poems and paintings, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins joins with David Allen Sibley, America’s foremost bird illustrator, to celebrate the winged creatures that have inspired so many poets to sing for centuries. From Catullus and Chaucer to Robert Browning and James Wright, poets have long turned to birds as powerful metaphors for beauty, escape, transcendence, and divine expression.
Here, in this substantial anthology, more than one hundred contemporary and classic poems are paired with close to sixty original, ornithologically-precise illustrations. Part poetry collection, part field guide, part art book, Bright Wings offers verbal and visual interpretations of the natural world and reminds us of our intimate connection to the “bright wings” around us. Each in their own way, these poems and pictures honor the enchanting creatures that have been, and continue to be, longtime collaborators with the poet’s and painter’s art.