Birds single work   poetry   "Whatever the bird is, is perfect in the bird."
Issue Details: First known date: 1952 1952
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  • Appears in:
    y Meanjin vol. 11 no. 4 Summer 1952 Z652608 1952 periodical issue 1952 pg. 351
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    y The Gateway Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1953 Z562255 1953 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1953 pg. 22
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse John Thompson (editor), Kenneth Slessor (editor), R. G. Howarth (editor), Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 Z1013022 1958 anthology poetry Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 pg. 203-204
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    y Five Senses : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z563031 1963 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 68
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    y Judith Wright : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z565587 1963 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 27
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    y Poetry from Australia : Judith Wright, William Hart-Smith, Randolph Stow Howard Sergeant (editor), Oxford : Pergamon Press , 1969 Z187906 1969 anthology poetry Oxford : Pergamon Press , 1969 pg. 13
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    y Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z563360 1971 selected work poetry Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 87-88
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    y The Land's Meaning L. M. Hannan (editor), B. A. Breen (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan Australia , 1973 Z873720 1973 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Macmillan Australia , 1973 pg. 31
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    y Pamphletpoems One Epping : St. Clair Press , 1982 Z415674 1982 anthology poetry Epping : St. Clair Press , 1982 pg. 6
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    y A Human Pattern : Selected Poems Judith Wright , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z9022 1990 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'Judith Wright's own definitive selection of her poetry, covering the best and most memorable of her remarkable oeuvre.

    'From the elegant and moving precision of the first collection, The Moving Image (1946), to the political passion of Phantom Dwelling (1985), Wright's poetry speaks with intelligence and courage - and gracefully sensuous imagery.

    'Forty years of poetic production from Australia's best-loved poet.' (Publication summary)

    North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
    pg. 52
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    y Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z501989 1994 selected work poetry war literature satire (taught in 8 units) Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 86
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    y Birds : Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962 Z565163 1962 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'The poems in Judith Wright's Birds volume have long been recognised as among the best-loved poems written in Australia. Many people have grown up with the beguiling rhythms of 'Black Cockatoos', or the jauntiness of 'The Wagtail'. Now, in this new edition, commemorating 25 years since the poems were last published as a single collection, these works appear with six additional poems and a personal introduction by the poet's daughter Meredith McKinney, for whom many of the poems were written. The poems are complemented by full-colour illustrations drawn from the National Library's Pictures Collection, featuring the work of artists such as John Lewin, Lionel Lindsay, Lilian Medland, William T. Cooper and Betty Temple Watts. 'Birds' is both a celebration of Judith Wright (1915-2000) as writer and passionate environmentalist, and of the centrality of birds in the poet's imagination. ' (Publication summary)

    Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2003
    pg. 1
First line of verse: "Whatever the bird is, is perfect in the bird.=Was auch immer der Vogel ist, ist im Vogel volkommen."

Works about this Work

Anecdote and Anthropomorphism : Writing the Australian Pied Butcherbird Hollis Taylor , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , Summer vol. 1 no. 2011;
This paper surveys textual references to the Australian pied butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis). We begin with my initial encounter with this songbird (in re-worked excerpts from the book Post Impressions), and then expand our review to aboriginal stories, historic ornithological reports and field guides, informal stories, archival Australian periodicals, children’s literature, literary references, and composers’ texts. Many of these reveal the tension between the superlative pied butcherbird vocal abilities and their ferocious hunting prowess. The paper shuns neither anecdote nor anthropomorphism as it attempts a new mode of interspecies narrative. I argue that anecdotes can contribute to an understanding of this understudied songbird. In inventorying pied butcherbird textual references, we find that our stories about them are ultimately stories about us as well—anthropomorphism seems to be an innate human proclivity. Reflecting on the lives of animals is of psychological, intellectual, and metaphysical significance for humans.
Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
Anecdote and Anthropomorphism : Writing the Australian Pied Butcherbird Hollis Taylor , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , Summer vol. 1 no. 2011;
This paper surveys textual references to the Australian pied butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis). We begin with my initial encounter with this songbird (in re-worked excerpts from the book Post Impressions), and then expand our review to aboriginal stories, historic ornithological reports and field guides, informal stories, archival Australian periodicals, children’s literature, literary references, and composers’ texts. Many of these reveal the tension between the superlative pied butcherbird vocal abilities and their ferocious hunting prowess. The paper shuns neither anecdote nor anthropomorphism as it attempts a new mode of interspecies narrative. I argue that anecdotes can contribute to an understanding of this understudied songbird. In inventorying pied butcherbird textual references, we find that our stories about them are ultimately stories about us as well—anthropomorphism seems to be an innate human proclivity. Reflecting on the lives of animals is of psychological, intellectual, and metaphysical significance for humans.
Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
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