Birds of the Air by David YezziBirds of the Air by David Yezzi

Birds of the Air

byDavid Yezzi

Paperback | February 12, 2013

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Like Robert Frost’s North of Boston, David Yezzi’s Birds of the Air intersperses charged lyrics with longer dramatic narratives. His monologues explore the frenetic pressures of urban life, as a number of memorable characters take stage: the guy who is hired to clear out a dying man’s apartment; the actor stuck in an inadvertently hilarious production of Macbeth and his estranged girlfriend's tragic end; and the short-order cook who elevates his work to an art form. Like the birds of the air described by St. Matthew, these threadbare denizens of the modern city subsist on the few scraps that fall to them.
DAVID YEZZI’S books of poems include The Hidden Model (2003); Azores (2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year; and Birds of the Air, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (2006, 2012), The Paris Review Book, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry Speaks Who I Am, Bright Wings, ...
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Title:Birds of the AirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.48 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887485715

ISBN - 13:9780887485718

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Table of Contents

Crane
Lazy
Birds of the Air
Spoils
Itchy
Cough
Free Period
Flatirons
Dizzy
Dirty Dan
Minding Rites
Orts
Pals
Tomorrow & Tomorrow
This Is My Proof
The Residency
High to Low
Cancer Dog
Schnauzer
Bed of Roses
A Stop Before Starting
Argument from Design
Becalmed
The Landing

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Like Robert Frost’s North of Boston, David Yezzi’s Birds of the Air intersperses charged lyrics with longer dramatic narratives. His monologues explore the frenetic pressures of urban life, as a number of memorable characters take stage: the guy who is hired to clear out a dying man’s apartment; the actor stuck in an inadvertently hilarious production of Macbeth and his estranged girlfriend's tragic end; and the short-order cook who elevates his work to an art form. Like the birds of the air described by St. Matthew, these threadbare denizens of the modern city subsist on the few scraps that fall to them.“The title poem of David Yezzi’s book is charming, and the narratives that follow give repeated pleasure by their rough vigor of form and language.” - Richard Wilbur