Don't miss a free reading and book signing with Terry Blackhawk Thursday May 26 at 7:00PM on the TMA Grounds!
By: Terry M. Blackhawk, softcover, 39 pages, 2016
An avid birder as well as an accomplished poet, Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellow 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 mountainside, 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” and finds grounding in poetry itself: the way “the bloom lurks/ within the bulb, the bulb within/ the earth, the song/ within the bird.”
Praise for The Whisk and Whir of Wings
"There’s a thing birds do. An unrehearsed avian collective’s lift and simultaneous midair maneuvers that sweep and flow like a movie sound track, or waft like a feather scarf on wind billows. It is joyful and marvelous to behold, as are Terry Blackhawk’s bird poems in the Whisk & Whir of Wings."
-Bill Harris Kresge Eminent Artist
"Ecstatic or meditative, watchful or wry, Terry Blackhawk’s poems invite us to join in pursuit of the hidden, the wild, the edge of language—what is beyond the frame.
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."
-Judy Rowe Michaels Poet-in-the-schools, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation