from Spectral Spirits
Holly J. Hughes’ poem begins with an idyllic description of a male and female painted by James J. Audubon. The birds are only aware of one another. Then Holly opens up the skies as a backdrop to the masses of Passenger Pigeons that once filled the skies. And she proceeds to tell their story.
*“The Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant land bird on the planet.” But by 1914, the last Passenger Pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her name was Martha. Like most species casualties, this one was human caused.
*Hope Is the Things With Feathers (2000, 2009) by Christopher Cokinos
Voicing or Instrumentation: SATB divisi chorus
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