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The Bird That Swallowed the Music Box

by Anita Sullivan

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The short essays in this delightful collection by award-winning author Anita Sullivan gently cycle through three themes: the Natural World, Music, and Poetry. Enormous subjects, indeed, but each essay has been steeped in a base solution and labored over for decades in the author’s own interior alchemical laboratory, bringing to the reader a satisfying sense of thematic unity and enduring insight. This lovely book offers a genuinely pleasing and indulgent reading experience.


ISBN: 978-1-947067-46-2 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-947067-47-9 (digital)

LCCN: 2018948884

Released 2018

104 pages

Author Biography

Born under the sign of Libra, Anita Sullivan cheerfully admits to a life governed by issues of balance and harmony. This likely led to her career as a piano tuner, as well as her love of birds (Libra is an air sign), gardening, music, and fine literature. She spent years trying to decide if she was a piano tuner who wrote poetry or a poet who tuned pianos. She traveled a lot without becoming a nomad; taught without becoming a teacher; danced without becoming a dancer; fell totally in love with the high desert country of the Southwest and promptly moved to the Pacific Northwest rainforest. She has previously published two essay collections, a novel, two poetry chapbooks, and a full-length poetry collection. She was a founding member of the Portland, Oregon, poetry publishing collective Airlie Press.

Articles and Reviews

Book of Short Essays Brings Together the Natural World, Music, and Poetry, July 12, 2018 (Press Release)


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