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How to Fly (in Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) Lib/E: Poetry (Compact Disc)

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By Barbara Kingsolver (Read by)
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Wow! I really enjoyed this collection of poems. They are very accessible and relatable while also being brave, unique and powerful! Kingsolver is a masterful storyteller, even in her poetry. For all who read this collection, it will leave an impression; I can now say I’m a fan of both her prose and verse!

— Tonya

November 2020 Indie Next List

“Kingsolver writes poetry that is both accessible and profound. This is the kind of collection you’ll loan out to a friend or relative and never get back. You should probably go ahead and buy two or three all at once!”
— Pat Cawiezell, Magic City Books, Tulsa, OK


In this intimate collection, the beloved author of The Poisonwood Bible and more than a dozen other New York Times bestsellers, winner or finalist for the Pulitzer and countless other prizes, now trains her eye on the everyday and the metaphysical in poems that are smartly crafted, emotionally rich, and luminous.

In her second poetry collection, Barbara Kingsolver offers reflections on the practical, the spiritual, and the wild. She begins with "how to" poems addressing everyday matters such as being hopeful, married, divorced; shearing a sheep; praying to unreliable gods; doing nothing at all; and of course, flying. Next come rafts of poems about making peace (or not) with the complicated bonds of friendship and family, and making peace (or not) with death, in the many ways it finds us. Some poems reflect on the redemptive powers of art and poetry itself; others consider where everything begins.

Closing the book are poems that celebrate natural wonders--birdsong and ghost-flowers, ruthless ants, clever shellfish, coral reefs, deadly deserts, and thousand-year-old beech trees--all speaking to the daring project of belonging to an untamed world beyond ourselves.

Altogether, these are poems about transcendence: finding breath and lightness in life and the everyday acts of living. It's all terribly easy and, as the title suggests, not entirely possible. Or at least, it is never quite finished.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781799941729
ISBN-10: 1799941728
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Language: English