Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings

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A mosaic of beauty, Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings weaves together the brilliant poems of Melissa Studdard and the artistic genius of composer Christopher Theofanidis, along with artwork by Elisa Vendramin, creating a perfect combination of splendor. Studdard, who is one of the best American poets writing today, creates poems that exist with both an exquisiteness and passion, poems where love is birdsong and breath; her work, so gifted, skillful, and tender you want to give it / to everyone you meet.

Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Hourglass Museum

Studdard’s poems transport us to the visionary world where art generates art and in which we communicate intimately with each other across the millennia and languages and the vast Earth’s geography.

Aliki Barnstone, author of Dwelling

Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings is a cross-cultural dialogue and a significant literary and artistic contribution. It blends poetry and music to unsurpassed effect to tell the tale of perseverance, survival, and search for knowledge. The book is inspired by Attãr’s poetical masterpiece, The Conference of the Birds, the story of a journey that starts with the birds’ search for the legendary Simorgh only to end with the discovery of self.

Sheema Kalbasi, author of Seven Valleys of Love

If everyone understood the authentic meaning of these verses and the empowerment of infinite existence, this purgatory we call earth would transform at once to heaven. Not the heaven of rewards and punishments, not the Garden of Eden but the song which created the apple.  

Lois P. Jones, author of Night Ladder