In September 2001, Green Poet Press released A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens, edited by Enid Osborn and Cynthia Anderson. The 162-page collection features poetry by 80 of the Golden State’s finest poets, who hold forth 
on the theme of crows and ravens — offering passionate, vivid, sometimes humorous, 
and ever-surprising views of these common yet mysterious birds, called 
”black as the sun” by Gary Snyder.

Myths and Texts (Excerpt)
by Gary Snyder

on a roosts of firs
No bird in a bird-book
Black as the sun.

Contributors include two poet laureates of the United States and other iconic poets 
such as Christopher Buckley, William Everson (Brother Antoninus), Lawrence 
Ferlinghetti, and Ann Stanford.

Other outstanding contributors include: Sylvia Alcon, Ron Alexander, Maureen Alsop, Len Anderson, Cathryn Andresen, Jennifer Arin, Rochelle Arellano, Lisl Auf der Heide, Bettina T. Barrett, Abigail Brandt, M. L. Brown, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott, Jeanette Clough, Constance Crawford, Patrick Daly, Carol V. Davis, Frances Pettey Davis, ellen, Roe Estep, Robert W. Evans, Joan Fallert, Paul Fericano, Molly Fisk, Mary Fitzpatrick, Dan Gerber, W. K. Gourley, Lara Gularte, Kevin Hearle, Katie Goodridge Ingram, Sheila Golburgh Johnson, Greg Karpain, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Kit Kennedy, Lois Klein, Steve Kowit, Danusha Lameris, Noreen Lawlor, Andre Levi, Ellaraine Lockie, Perie Longo, Paula C. Lowe, Friday Lubina, Glenna Luschei, Maia, devorah major, Diane Kirsten Martin, Julianna McCarthy, Kathleen McClung, Deborah A. Miranda, Charlotte Muse, Carol Muske-Dukes, Jim Natal, Ruth Nolan, David Oliveira, Melinda Palacio, Robert Peake, Connie Post, Peg Quinn, R. S. Read, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Halie Rosenberg, Mary Rudge, Mary Kay Rummel, June Sylvester Saraceno, Edwin Shaw, Kim Shuck, Dian Sousa, Barry Spacks, David Starkey, Joseph Stroud, Patrice Vecchione, Doris Vernon, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Jackson Wheeler, Charan Sue Wollard, and Cecilia Woloch.

 A Bird Black as the Sun is available at