Holly J. Hughes Reads From Passings: Poems

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Passenger pigeon. Carolina parakeet. Eskimo curlew. Heath hen.

In a timely, moving collection of elegies, Holly J. Hughes gives voice to these and other bird species that no longer fill our skies. If their names sound as a litany of the hundreds of species we’ve lost, these fifteen poems ring as a reminder that their stories are still with us. In clear, well-crafted poems, Hughes serves as witness to these birds’ stories, offering each a poignant account that acts as a cautionary tale for the many species whose habitats now face threats from climate change. In her preface, Hughes introduces us to the birds she first knew and loved, and her impassioned afterword reminds us that it’s not too late to learn from these birds’ extinction and take action to protect the species that remain. “Take note,” she writes. “These birds are singing to us. We must listen.”


Holly J. Hughes is the author of Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the award-winning anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. She has spent over thirty summers working on the water in Alaska commercial fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and working as a naturalist on ships. She lives in Washington State, dividing her time between a log cabin in Indianola built in the 1930s and a home on three acres in Chimacum, and teaches writing and mindfulness workshops.
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