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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers : A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds



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This is the Reprint edition with a publication date of 5/14/2009.

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A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.

Author Biography

Christopher Cokinos, former president of the Kansas Audubon Council, is an award-Żwinning writer and poet, and an assistant professor of English at Utah State University, as well as the founding editor of Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing. He has been the recipient of the Whiting Writers-' Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He has won fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Utah Arts Council. His nonfiction, reviews, and poetry have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Orion, Science and Poetry.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Carolina Parakeet
The Forgotten Parakeetp. 7
Exoticp. 24
Hope in a Cagep. 44
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
In Search of the Lord God Birdp. 61
Returningsp. 88
The Heath Hen
The Fire Birdsp. 121
Capawackp. 150
A Phoenix on the Vineyardp. 168
The Passenger Pigeon
The Dark Beneath Their Wingsp. 197
The Boy and the Pigeonp. 228
Martha's Storyp. 258
The Labrador Duck and the Great Auk
The Strangest Seap. 281
In a Northern Gulf: Journey to Bird Rockp. 305
Afterwordp. 337
Acknowledgmentsp. 347
Selected Bibliographyp. 351
Art and Text Creditsp. 357
Indexp. 359
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