Lines for Birds: Poems and Paintings

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UWA Publishing, 2011 - Art - 223 pages
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Lines for Birds is an explosion of lush images in art and poetry - a rich collaboration between two distinguished artists: painter John Wolseley and poet Barry Hill, both long captivated by nature's union of beauty and savagery. Wolseley and Hill follow the flight paths and the habitats of birds, from the Victorian Mallee to the forests of southeast Asia, to Japan, and to the south of France. From these distant and different places, birds were always there as part of the Earth's dynamic systems, the larger energies expressed within the winged forms. "Sometimes," as the painter says, "it's almost as if I am looking at the Earth with a bird's eye view - the birds suggest new ways of telling stories about the Earth." This is a dazzling book, a conversation between two venerable artists in love with birds. In a world of endangered nature, they celebrate joy. They write: "When a bird arrives in our midst, its presence signifies at least one clear thing: that it is not too late, not yet."

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About the author (2011)

Barry Hill's long narrative poem, Ghosting William Buckley won the 1994 NSW Premier's Award for Poetry, and his labour history, Sitting-In won the same award for Non-Fiction in 1992. Although he lives by the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, his recent work, including The Inland Sea, his third book of poetry, arises out of travelling and research in Central Australia. He teaches occasionally at the University of Melbourne and is poetry editor for the national newspaper, The Australian.

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