Macdonald, Helen

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Vesper Flights

Macdonald’s unique voice is highly recommended for fans of her first book and science enthusiasts who enjoy natural history with a British flavor.


Shaler's Fish

"My pen crumples into a swan, it is singing/ inauthenticate myth, and not of future splendour… ," says one poem, and in the first poem, "Taxonomy," a wren sings fully with no "subsong," that is, an unstructured, often rambling, and low-volumed melody. Perhaps that's the key; these poems are fully drawn but murmuring with a subsong of their own. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/15.]

H Is for Hawk

Overall, this unsatisfying mishmash of memoir, nature writing, and commentary might be of interest to falconers but will be of limited appeal to armchair naturalists.

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