An Aviary of Small Birds (Paperback)

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An Aviary of Small Birds is both elegy to a stillborn son and testament to the redemptive qualities of poetry as a transformative art. The book opens at the birth, which paradoxically becomes the moment of death when, after a long labor and an emergency caesarean, the baby’s heart gives out. For the mother, her body flooded with endorphins, euphoria gives way to shock, followed by an intense and visceral grief. However, just as grief itself is not linear, so too the book follows an emotional rather than a strictly chronological arc, lyric rather than narrative. At the same time, Karen McCarthy Woolf’s debut work is a formal experimentation that allows an intellectual and metaphysical line of enquiry to emerge. Ultimately, it is a closely felt connection with the natural world, particularly with water and birds, which allows the author to transcend the experience while honoring the spirit of her son.

About the Author

Karen McCarthy Woolf is a poet and her poems have been featured in several publications, including Modern Poetry in Translation and Poetry Review. She is the editor of three literary anthologies, including Ten: The New Wave. She is the recipient of the Kate Betts Memorial Prize.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781906188146
ISBN-10: 1906188149
Publisher: Oxford Poets
Publication Date: November 1st, 2014
Pages: 88
Language: English