Commonwealth of Wings: An Ornithological Biography Based on the Life of John James Audubon

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University Press of New England, 1991 - Poetry - 60 pages
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A combination of poetry, nature writing, and biography in one book-length persona-poem.Combining the best of poetry, nature writing, and biography, Pamela Alexander in her book-length persona-poem brings to life John James Audubon and a world not yet aware of nature's limits. She distills the essence of this remarkable naturalist-artist and gives him voice to tell his life's story in fragments of letters, journal entries, actual vignettes and lyrical passages, Captivating and accessible, her poem reads with the authority of autobiography, the dramatic coherence of a novel, and the evocative clarity of an Audubon print. The reader, briefly transported to the natural world of America a century and a half ago, cannot help but contrast its condition today and feel a poignant sense of loss.

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Audubon was a naturalist, an ornithologist, and an adventurer: "I am a collection of landscapes.'' Despite the title, these poems do not intend to stand as a biography. Alexander brings a touch of the ... Read full review

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