Liturgy of Small Feathers


By Anne Yale

Native Blossoms Chapbook Series One, Book 2

The twenty-two poems in this collection form a response to the sacred in verse—as if the poems themselves act as communion that “transport us, in this holy instant: home.” The worship found here is of the fragile and the fierce, a “single silver filament” luring us through revelations of dark and dream to return to the most familiar of landscapes…and in doing so, offers us a “song of thanksgiving” to “open the way.”

Read Sample Poems:

Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)” published in the Spring 2010 issue of Chaparral

Non-Native Species” published in the Spring 2010 issue of Chaparral

Cold Snap” published in the June 20, 2011 issue of Zócalo Public Square


Anne Yale‘s work has previously appeared in Chaparral, Blue Print Review, Zocalo Public Square, and California Quarterly. Liturgy of Small Feathers is her first short collection of poetry. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge, and is a founding member of Southland Poets and Writers, a Southern California based writer’s consortium. Although she has resided in the Mojave Desert over twenty years, she swears she’s “just passing through.”


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Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9837904-3-3
Product Dimensions:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 1/4 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.7 oz.

Liturgy of Small Feathers is a collection that creates space for us to grapple with faith—to explore poems by Anne Yalebelief—and experience love. There is a religious and temporal ecstasy to Anne Yale’s poetry which continually brings us back to the moments when divinity intrudes on our earthly bodies. These poems make life mean something and encourage us to feel the moment. In these poems, desire is a car stereo with the bass turned way up, hips hold memory, and marrow requires that we be touched. Anne Yale skillfully leads us from sound to utter silence; she shows us how the silent moments reveal our most authentic and essential selves; but it requires music to unravel us to such a nakedness.”

~ Nicelle Davis, author of Circe and Becoming Judas

“Anne Yale’s Liturgy of Small Feathers is a collection of poems ready for flight; upon reading, you will find wings of landscape and language, heart and hurt, growing from your shoulders. These necessary poems explore the vastness of humanity’s horizon with a keen eagle’s eye, expertly drawing from the outward world and the internal universe. Do yourself a favor and let this fine book lift and transport you wherever the wind of Yale’s craft moves you. Do not fight against her current—she will take you such places.”

~ Eric Morago, author of What We Ache For

“The worship sung in Anne Yale’s Liturgy of Small Feathers graces those who share life’s struggles, large and small. Lost love, PTSD, and questions of faith are at once bowed to in mourning and in rapture. Her world, so recognizably our own, offers its breath and coaxes us close, wraps our troubles with peace.”

~ Clint Campbell, author of Wake of Leaves







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