Bird’s Idea of Flight
A reissue of award-winning poet David Harsent’s acclaimed 1998 book, which describes a circular journey in a sequence of 25 poems.
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A Bird’s Idea of Flight describes a circular journey in a sequence of 25 poems. Twelve poems chart the outward journey, the thirteenth is pivotal, and twelve poems bring the traveler back. The subject of his quest is thanatology; in particular, he is deeply curious about the business of his own death. It is an adventure of discovery and disillusionment, during which the figure of death, as companion, mentor and guide, appears along the way, and in various guises.
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