On Wings of Song : Poems About Birds (Everyman's Library Pocket Poet)

by J. D. McClatchy | Poetry |
ISBN: 0375407499 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCordelia-annewing of Atlanta, Georgia USA on 5/2/2006
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
This book is in the wild! This Book is Currently in the Wild!
9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingCordelia-annewing from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I love these Everyman's Pocket Poets editions. They are well-edited and simply present the poems. I generally despise interpretive things. This anthology is a particular favorite as I feel I'm just singing and winging with the birds when I read from it. With so many species, from nightingales to vultures, this little book has something for just about anyone's imagination. I'm sending it out to celebrate the beginning of my third year in bookcrossing. It goes to my bookcrossing twin across the pond, caffcaff. Long may she wing and sing!

Here's a favorite of mine from Edna St. Vincent Millay:

Wild Swans

I looked in my heart when the wild swans went over.
And what did I see I had not seen before?
Only a question less or a question more;
Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying.
Tiresome heart forever living and dying,
House without air, I leave you and lock your door.
Wild swans come over the town, come over
The town again, trailing your legs and crying!

Journal Entry 2 by AngelChild from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, May 13, 2006
A large box arrived at my house, out of the blue, that was packed full of books...this one was amongst them.....

Thank you soooooo much "ca" for my surprise Book Crossing 2 year Birthday parcel....

This one will be added to Mount Toobie and passed on when im done :o)

Journal Entry 3 by AngelChild from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, May 19, 2006
What a delightful little book... I say little, as it is quite small, but my, have they packed a lot in! Many of the poems and poets i'd never come across so it was nice to see the last section is made up of the more well know poets/poems such as To A Skylark by Shelley and Ode To A Nightingale by Keats.

The book is divided up into sections on different birds, i particularyly like the section on the Nightingale as i feel very priviledged to have one that lives in my road. I spend many a night drifting off to sleep accompanied by its song.......

Journal Entry 4 by AngelChild at RABCK in RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 20, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (7/20/2006 UTC) at RABCK in RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases



This one is going as a surprise RABCK to a fellow BCer....

Hope you like it hon :o)

Journal Entry 5 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 05, 2007
On my last day of vacation before returning to school on Monday, I ran around most of today, to appointments and taking care of last minute *daytime* errands I rarely have time for except on weekends.

What an absolutely delightful surprise to come home at the end of the day and find this in my mailbox!! Caffcaff, thank you sooo much for thinking of me! Today might have actually set a record for warm temps for a January 5 in Toronto, Canada; indeed, it felt more like a spring day than deep winter! My birdbath hasn't been frozen in over a week!!

I really look forward to settling down and reading through this little book. Thank you again, my friend. I am still smiling!

Journal Entry 6 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 27, 2007
In keeping with the spirit, this little book will continue its journey, winging its way to another bookcrosser as a little surprise.

Journal Entry 7 by pashmack from Lake Worth, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 05, 2007
What a lovely surprise in my mailbox this morning! This is a beautiful little volume of poems that I know I'll enjoy. I see is it very well-traveled, too! Thank you, jessibud, for thinking of me. It's been so hot and dry here lately that I haven't seen as many birds as usual. It will be nice to read about them. Once I've finished, I'll seek out another bird-loving BCer to pass it along to. Thanks again, and enjoy your summer!

Journal Entry 8 by pashmack from Lake Worth, Florida USA on Saturday, February 23, 2008
There are so many wonderful poems in this little volume that I couldn't possibly pick a favorite. But, there is one that reminded me of the day I heard the strangest bird-sound I'd ever heard. The squawking I heard near my front window was loud, brash, and insistent. I had to stop what I was doing and go look outside. There on the concrete porch in front of the house was a coral snake, and just above him, on the lamppost was a blue jay. Whether the sound was of terror or warning - it was something I'd never heard coming from a blue jay before.


Trying to understand the words
Uttered on all sides by birds,
I recognize in what I hear
Noises that betoken fear.

Though some of them, I'm certain, must
Stand for rage, bravado, lust,
All other notes that birds employ
Sound like synonyms for joy.

- W.H. Auden

I'm going to keep this little book moving on to another bird-loving BCer. (Thanks, jessibud for the tip! It will go out on Monday.)

Journal Entry 9 by LynnWrites from Tucson, Arizona USA on Friday, February 29, 2008
This book is a delightful surprise. Just got in from walking the dog and checking the mailbox - wasn't expecting anything BC related - so I was just thrilled to pieces when I found the postcard inside the book, stating that "On Wings of Song" was a surprise RABCK. And a surprise it is !!!!!
Thanks to all concerned.

The picture is of a Yellow Finch, happily eating its fill of seeds in my garden. Besides seed-bearing plants, I have two bird feeders in the yard and a quail block (which the bunnies enjoy as much as the quail).

Journal Entry 10 by LynnWrites at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (8/6/2008 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom



This is a very special book. It began its journey in Georgia, in the southern United States, and is now being sent on its way, travelling this time all the way to the United Kingdom, to Random-Poet in Edinburgh.
I'm enclosing a postcard of a RoadRunner, one of Arizona's more "colorful" birds (little holy terrors actually).
so... enjoy. Pleased to be able to find the perfect BCer to next receive this diverse book of verse :)

photo taken in my backyard.

Journal Entry 11 by Random-Poet from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, August 11, 2008
Just got this in the post today - thanks so much for thinking of me for this one, hotflash - I really look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 12 by Random-Poet from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm sending this to labmomnm along with another poetry book - enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by Random-Poet from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 14, 2008
this is such a wonderful book, full of wonderful poems about all sorts of birds, from poets through the ages. It includes classics such as Edgar Alan Poe's The Raven and Wallace Steven's 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird along with less well known poems. Its a delightful book.

Journal Entry 14 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Monday, November 24, 2008
Arrived in the mail - thanks, Random-Poet! This is a beautiful little book; I'm saving it (and the added poem) for a day when I'm feeling less harried than today, so I can devote my brain to it/them. I'll report back :-)

Journal Entry 15 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Saturday, February 13, 2010
My favorite section was "Legendary and Emblematic Birds"...some of my old friends turned up here: Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking", Yeats' "Leda and the Swan", and Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush" (you probably saw that one coming, cordelia-anne!) top the list.

Will send to wildflower37

Journal Entry 16 by winglabmomnmwing at on Friday, February 26, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/26/2010 UTC) at



Mailed to wildflower37

Journal Entry 17 by wildflower37 from Montclair, New Jersey USA on Friday, March 05, 2010
A nice surprise book from labmomnm. What a perfect choice for me - I am an avid birder as well as lover of poetry. Thank you so much for thinking of me and passing this along!

And, I am excited to see the wings this volume has flown on - back and forth across the pond and North America. I look forward to reading it. :)

Journal Entry 18 by wildflower37 from Montclair, New Jersey USA on Sunday, May 02, 2010
It was a delight to leaf through this book after spending an afternoon in my yard listening to the songbirds (mainly finches and cardinals) share their gossip.

My favorite poem in the collection is "Nuthatch," its quick lines calling to mind the darting bird at my feeder.

Thank you for sharing with me! Sending on to Megi53, another poetry aficionado (aficionada?).

Journal Entry 19 by wildflower37 at on Sunday, May 02, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (5/3/2010 UTC) at




Journal Entry 20 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Thursday, May 06, 2010
This is exactly the kind of book I adore, from the delicate paintings reproduced on the jacket to the diverse mix of poets within. I've already read 50 pages, and I only received these gifts a few hours ago! Anthony Hecht's "House Sparrows" is the best so far.

Thanks also for the card and the handmade notes: one of my favorite colors is that subtle blue-gray.

Journal Entry 21 by Megi53 at Danville, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 28, 2012
I read a poem each morning (except when I forgot, heh) and finished this book the day before I left for a Christmas trip.

Favorite new poets discovered herein:

Anthony Hecht
Amy Clampitt
Wallace Stevens
Edward Thomas
Mary Jo Salter
St-John Perse (as translated by Robert Fitzgerald)

Poets I already appreciated, but hadn't read their particular selections included in On Wings of Song:

Thomas Hardy
William Blake
Robert Frost
William Cullen Bryant
John Keats

Journal Entry 22 by Megi53 at Little Free Library #1015 - Main Street in Danville, Virginia USA on Friday, April 05, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (4/4/2013 UTC) at Little Free Library #1015 - Main Street in Danville, Virginia USA


Added to Little Free Library in front of Arts Center.

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.