July 17, 2012

The Language of the Birds

{ untitled: under the auspices } is a book of auguring, or divination codex, where birds are the words, in particular the common starling (with a few cameos by seagulls & crows). The sequenced set of flight patterns, or murmurations, were captured over the course of the past few years in the skies over Rome, where the starlings winter in the months of October & November.

Coming September 2012 from Calamari Press.

comments

  1. Sheila Ryan on July 17th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    SEE ALSO: A Turkish village’s bird language.

  2. Rick Neece on July 17th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Yesterday, a starling I found beak-down in the birdbath at the front window. Don’t know what happened. The neighbor’s cat, “Precious” may have dispatched it to the great beyond. Not sure. The body was virtually untouched. Like it left its earthly existance instantly. Still, covered my hand with a bag to contain it and dispatch it to the garbage pail.

  3. Sheila Ryan on July 17th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Beak-down in the birdbath.

  4. Sheila Ryan on July 17th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Covering your hand was not a bad idea. Could be Precious is innocent and that it was West Nile Virus.

  5. Rick Neece on July 17th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I think I would like to be dispatched from the plastic-bagged hand of a good friend. This ain’t my will, yet. I’m just pondering.

  6. Sheila Ryan on July 17th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I do not want to die beak-down in a birdbath. Nor a bathtub.

  7. Derek White on July 18th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    thanks for posting this Sheila. not sure what happened to this fella.
    Damn, Damar got pulled from Youtube.

  8. Sheila Ryan on July 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    That’s a drag about Damar.

  9. Sheila Ryan on July 18th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Derek, Pepper is still up on Youtube. But Pepper is so lame compared with Damar.

  10. Derek White on July 19th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Pepper likes chicken melts from the food truck. Damar, though, he is the starling prophet.

  11. Sheila Ryan on July 19th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Damar talks the talk.