My Mother Would Be a Falconress by Robert Duncan
My mother would be a falconress,
A Bird in Hand by Amber Flora Thomas
I've memorized its heart pounding into my thumb
Tender Buttons [Chicken] by Gertrude Stein
Pheasant and chicken, chicken is a peculiar third
The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins
I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
A Bird came down the Walk (328) by Emily Dickinson
A Bird came down the Walk
Leda, After the Swan by Carl Phillips
Perhaps, / in the exaggerated grace
The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands
In Flight by Jennifer K. Sweeney
The Himalayan legend says
Leda and the Swan by W. B. Yeats
A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Three Moves by John Logan
Three moves in sixth months and I remain
Hardware Sparrows by R. T. Smith
Out for a deadbolt, light bulbs
Interlude by Edith Sitwell
Amid this hot green glowing gloom
Evening Hawk by Robert Penn Warren
From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through
Gulls by William Carlos Williams
My townspeople, beyond in the great world
Birds Again by Jim Harrison
A secret came a week ago though I already
In the Memphis Airport by Timothy Steele
Above the concourse, from a beam
Littlefoot, 19, [This is the bird hour] by Charles Wright
This is the bird hour, peony blossoms falling bigger than wren hearts
Birds Appearing In A Dream by Michael Collier
One had feathers like a blood-streaked koi
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary
The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco
They talk all day
Darwin's Finches by Deborah Digges
My mother always called it a nest
To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant
Whither, 'midst falling dew
If the Owl Calls Again by John Haines
I am Like a Desert Owl, an Owl Among the Ruins by Noelle Kocot
The alpha You. The omega You
The Scarlet Ibis, Section VII by Susan Hahn
Once, I got lost
Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
Birdcall by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Tuwee, calls a bird near the house
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
Among twenty snowy mountains,
The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy
I leant upon a coppice gate
Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens by Jack Prelutsky
Last night I dreamed of chickens,
The Heron by Linda Hogan
I am always watching
The Starlings by Jesper Svenbro
Late one afternoon in October
Home to Roost by Kay Ryan
The chickens
To a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit
White Stork by Michael Waters
Such jazzy arrhythmia
Hummingbird by Elaine Terranova
What with foresight and dancing
Let Birds by Linda Gregg
Eight deer on the slope
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It is an ancient mariner
Poet as Immortal Bird by Ron Padgett
A second ago my heart thump went
Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
The Yellow Bittern (An Bunnan Bui) by Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Gunna
The yellow bittern that never broke out
Red-Legged Kittiwake by Emily Wilson
Native it seems to no part
Small Study by Emily Wilson
Sparrows swiveling the feeder
A Peacock in Spring by Joyelle McSweeney
Makes derangéd love
Black bird, red wing by Nickole Brown
So this is where the last year
Song of the Owl by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The owl
Albatross in Co. Antrim by Robin Robertson
The men would sometimes try to catch one
Dispatches from Devereux Slough by Mark Jarman
Highwayman of the air, coal-headed, darting
The Nightingale by Sir Philip Sidney
The nightingale, as soon as April bringeth
Wild Swans by Edna St. Vincent Millay
I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over
Ground Birds in Open Country by Stanley Plumly
They fly up in front of you so suddenly
Rocket Fantastic [excerpt] by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
He's really beautiful.
The Sparrow by Gerald Stern
Here’s a common sparrow, a bit of a schnorrer
Birding at the Dairy by Sidney Wade
We’re searching
Revision in My Wife's Powder Room by Lauren Berry
I’ll need more salt than this. A loose feather
Dove, Interrupted by Lucie Brock-Broido
Don’t do that when you are dead like this, I said,
Tigers by Melissa Ginsburg
A hummingbird flies into a window
Paper Swallow by Stanley Moss
Francisco Goya y Lucientes,
The Life So Short... by Eamon Grennan
and larks rising out of dead grass