Always Birds


44 pages
8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published July 2019

In these poems, Elizabeth Paxson firmly leads us along a path where your feet lose a bit of their grip on the ground. We are tilted upward toward the other world in the sky and branches. Up here Always Birds occupies the oxygen, wings gracefully flashing unbeatable colors. Yet these birds are stealth operators, living above human failings of conflict and conquest. Down on earth is a subplot of the daughter who tries to compete with these stunning flyers for her mother's attention. The poems are at turns beautiful and fierce, keeping anyone, walking or flying, always on the watch.