Two editions: Hand Painted and Feather Edition. New poems, collected and edited by Miriam Owen Irwin. This tiny book contains nine new poems, written just for this little book. These poems are about the birds themselves, not as symbols to say something else. Marj Westhaver wrote Red Tailed Hawk. White Owl is by Vivian Scarpa, Mirage II by Doris Henke is about a flock of blackbirds. Goldfinch is by Bernice Coca and the Robert Lanzit wrote Great Blue Heron. Jay is by Miriam Irwin, Hummingbird and California Quail, both written by Robert Hoeft. Finch is by Dorothy Gleason. Both editions have combed end papers by Peggy Skycraft made to resemble a blue jay’s feathers.
Bird Poems, The Hand Painted Edition is bound in blue-jay blue leather, stamped in gold. The decorative title page and the nine illustrations are hand painted by Miriam Irwin and Karen Williams. 15/16" tall, $65.00.
Bird Poems, Deluxe Feather Edition. Woodcarver Bill Besse made 26 hand-carved wooden feathers which were embedded in blind stamped feather-shaped impressions in padded light blue leather cases. Title Bird Poems stamped in gold on the spine only. All the drawings printed in the books were hand-painted by Miriam Irwin. Hand-combed end papers were designed to look like bird feathers. $125.00