Like their counterparts in English Romantic poetry and elsewhere, American poets and writers have been fascinated by birds, compelled by their beauty, their strangeness, their mysterious, fleeting presence. From the colonial period to the present they have sought to evoke the ways birds enchant us, connect us with nature’s wonder, fragility, and sometimes savagery, and offer moments of transcendence.
The Library of America invites you to a free virtual cocktail party this Thursday, June 17th from 6-7 pm (Eastern) in celebration of summer and American birds. Mix a bird-themed cocktail (recipes here) and join Olivia Gentile (Life List), poet Sidney Wade, wildlife biologist and author J. Drew Lanham, and Andrew Rubenfeld, co-editor of the Library of America anthology American Birds: A Literary Companion, for an exploration of the mystery and magic of birds and the imaginative flights they’ve inspired.