Sound Escapes

Sound Escapes

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Stories that connect us more deeply with birds, nature, and each other. For Poetry Month, we’re sharing work about our feathered friends from contemporary poets. Our previous series include Grouse and Sound Escapes.

A native of Minnesota, Traci Brimhall is an Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University. Her first published collection, Rookery, features many poems about birds.

“Birds just seem to have a kind of spiritual or symbolic weight,” Traci explains. “They feel somehow ancient or ethereal – timeless in a way, and I think poets are often attracted to things that have that sort of feeling.”

But her interest in birds began with a common bird, the Red-winged Blackbird. “Perhaps that’s part of the greatness of common things,” she says. “They’re so accessible, so ever-present.”

You can read along with the poems featured in the episode on our website.

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