Bones of Birds
Published by Smokestack Books
Bones of Birds is a book about flying and falling, about the earth and the sky, a celebration of all those who achieve the miracle of flight, and of those who struggle to accept our earth bound lives.
Zeppelins and birds, transported lovers, angels and witches, Soviet women fighter-pilots and pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart fill the skies of Jo Colley’s imagination, wings beating frenetically in an attempt to rise above the constraints of the everyday.
As ‘the chicken daughter of an eagle and a wren’ the longed for meridian is always beyond her grasp, although this doesn’t stop her launching herself into the fathomless blue.
Jo Colley’s previous collections are As If (Vane Women), Punchdrunk (Ek Zuban) and Weeping for the Lovely Phantoms (Salt). Her work has appeared in many anthologies, including Sepia Souls, The Flesh of the Bear, Smelter, The Wilds, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept and Ink on Paper.