Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Bird Black As the Sun

We interrupt this blog's current Eastern Sierra travelogue for a very important new book announcement: A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens is out!

For the past year and a half, my dear friend Enid Osborn and I have been co-editing this anthology of poems about crows and ravens. The finished book includes 87 poets who offer passionate, vivid, sometimes humorous, and ever-surprising views of these common yet mysterious birds, called “black as the sun” by Gary Snyder. Among other outstanding poets in the book are Christopher Buckley, William Everson (Brother Antoninus), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dan Gerber, Michael Hannon, Steve Kowit, Carol Muske-Dukes, Jim Natal, Kay Ryan, Barry Spacks, Ann Stanford, Joseph Stroud, Cecilia Woloch, and many more. The full list is on the back cover, see below. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Over 30 poets will participate in a kick-off reading for the anthology on Sunday, November 13 at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Paul Fericano.

The idea for the book originated in Santa Barbara, where Enid's Green Poet Project sponsored a reading titled “Crow Talk” in February 2010. Margy Brown Design of Santa Barbara created the anthology’s beautiful design and layout.

For more details, including our press release and a list of other poetry readings being organized around the state, visit The book can be ordered online at and