Death of a Catbird

Photograph: “Rainbow Road” by Aaron Burden.

The wild is not limited to remote places far from our everyday lives.  Even in towns and cities, the wild is around us, though we often fail to notice it.  Our neighbors include creatures who, though they are not human, are fellow beings nonetheless.  That understanding makes my world feel richer, more alive, less lonely.  In “Death of a Catbird,” published in the fall issue of Split Rock Review, I tell the story of a pair of catbirds who were my next-door neighbors in a small town in northern Maine:  I reflect further on the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that contributed to my crafting of this tale at

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