First meeting of Birds and Poems with Buntin and Magrane

02/28/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meets Mondays, February 28 through April 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(no class meeting on March 14)

Both birding and poetry are great practice in patience and close sensory attention. Trying to spot a warbler flitting along leafy branches is a lot like trying to find the right word, shape, or space for a poem. Some poems are like the Cactus Wren, building a nest among the sharp spines of the cholla; some poems are little balls of energy zipping along like the Broad-Billed Hummingbird; some poems are blown off course during migration and show up where you least expect.

In this class we’ll explore the intersections of the poetic and avian worlds. We’ll dedicate half of our time to reading and discussing poems of and about birds, drawing on the long history of birds in poetry as well as contemporary work, and we’ll spend the rest of our time on poetry-writing exercises and workshopping of student poems. One class will be held in the field on a birding trip. This class is open to poets and birders of all skill levels.

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Simmons Buntin
Simmons Buntin

Simmons B. Buntin is the author of two collections of poems, Bloom (2010) and Riverfall (2005), and a book of sustainable community case studies, Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (2013). He is also the founding...

Eric Magrane

Eric Magrane is a poet and geographer, the first Poet in Residence at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the founding editor of Spiral Orb, an experiment in permaculture poetics. He is also co-editor, with Christopher Cokinos, of ...

How to Register for Classes and Workshops

Register for classes and workshops at our website, over the phone at (520) 626-3765, or in person at the Poetry Center’s reception desk. Checks should be made payable to the University of Arizona Foundation and are not considered a tax-deductible contribution. A $25 processing fee will be applied to all cancelled registrations.

The Will Inman scholarship is a need-based award granted to offset the tuition for a Poetry Center class or workshop. Two $75 scholarships are awarded each session. Click here for more information about the Will Inman scholarship.


$150 + $10 materials/field trip fee

Arizona Board of Regents