In “Some Ducks” poet and nature writer Tim McNulty gathers together poems written to his daughter, Caitlin, on the occasion of her 21st birthday. Beginning with “First Song,” written the night of her birth, McNulty celebrates his daughter’s early encounters with the moon, bears, the ocean, ducks, and her first glimpse of mortality, “where all we know of love / and loss / spills past the words / we have to tell it.”
Tender, insightful, always delightful, these lyric poems capture moments of epiphany between father and daughter. And in their celebration of the ordinary, they echo Czeslaw Milosz’s observation, “Only the moment is eternal.”
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Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, conservation activist, and nature writer. He was born and grew up in Connecticut’s Quinnipiac River Valley and attended Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. There he met poet Denise Levertov who inspired him with her powerful fusion of visionary poetics and political activism. Tim traveled throughout the West after college and settled on the Olympic Peninsula in 1972. He lives with his wife, Mary Morgan, in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains above the Dungeness and Graywolf rivers. A passionate spokesman for the wild, Tim remains active in the Northwest environmental community.
Tim’s poems, essays, criticism, and articles on nature and conservation have appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. His natural history writings have been translated into German, Chinese, and Japanese. He reads, lectures, teaches, and conducts workshops throughout the Northwest.
Tim is the author of nine books of poetry and eleven books of natural history. He has coauthored, with photographer Pat O’Hara, an award-winning series of books on national parks. Tim’s Olympic National Park: A Natural History, which won the Washington Governor’s Writers Award, has just been reissued in a new revised edition by the University of Washington Press. His Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park, which won the National Outdoor Book Award, is available from The Mountaineers Books. Tim’s poetry is available from Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press.
For more on Tim McNulty, and to discover more of his books: http://timmcnultypoet.com/