The Poetry of Birds - Simon Armitage What a great collection - and the notes (which I almost overlooked!) make it perfect. I like that the editors have given the more prolific bird poets (Clare and Hughes in particular) a louder voice than most; it makes complete sense, and although I remain ambivalent about the quality of Clare's poetry, it is perfect for this anthology. Simon Armitage offers some engaging thoughts in his afterword, and the book is thoroughly indexed and annotated. Anyone with a literary interest in birds (or an ornithological interest in literature) should pick up this book - they're bound to discover something new.