Pamela Alexander

Commonwealth of Wings: An Ornithological Biography

In a compelling collection of 50 poems, Pamela Alexander presents the remarkable naturalist and artist John James Audubon. These first-person poems, based on extensive research, re-imagine his life in poems that take the form of letters, journal entries, historical vignettes, and lyrical passages.

Captivating and accessible, her poem reads with the authority of autobiography, the dramatic coherence of a novel, and the evocative clarity of an Audubon print. Audubon here emerges as a person rather than a legend, and the world seen through his eyes is a portrait of the last days of the American wilderness.

Selected Works

Poetry
Slow Fire
Slow Fire's poems are both deeply human and attuned to the earth itself.
Inland
Witty and profoundly serious, Inland looks at human life and wildlife with scrupulously accurate imagery.
Commonwealth of Wings: An Ornithological Biography
Combining the best of poetry, nature writing, and biography, Pamela Alexander in her book-length poem brings to life John James Audubon and a world not yet aware of nature's limits.
Navigable Waterways
Selected by James Merrill for the prestigious Yale Younger Poet series, this book is unfortunately out of print.

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