Dark Wild Realm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006

A haunting orchestra of birds sings through Dark Wild Realm, the elegiac new collection from Michael Collier, whose previous book, The Ledge, was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. From considering the weight of sparrows to urging a cardinal back to life after it crashed into his window, Collier engages birds as messengers and mythmakers, carrying memories from lost friends. As the noted naturalist Pete Dunne praises, Collier "probes the light and dark [and] the layers of human experience the way thrushes turn leaf litter across the forest floor.