Artwork > BIRDS

bird art, Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker, flicker linocut, reduction linocut, bird relief print

A 6-color reduction linocut
6 1/4" x 4 1/2" print size
9" x 7" paper size
Hand printed on BFK Rives paper
Edition: 20
Sold unframed
Price includes shipping within the U.S.

A copy of the poem will come with the print.


Island full of flickers
flying south—shy,
unlike black-backed gulls
who patrol the shore
or cormorants who air
their inky armpits on rocky outcrops
or crows who harass us
from a scrim of birch trees.

When I scare up flickers
from the ground
where they feed,
I only glimpse
their winking white rumps
as they flit into the forest
calling flicka flicka flicka.

I wish they would pose for my pen—
black-bibbed, brown-backed,
cream-bellied, scalloped
with dark bars and spots.

I want to carve their contours
into a linoleum block,
print one hue after the other—
gray crowns, red crescents,
yellow-shafted tail feathers—
capture their skittish panache
on thick, creamy paper.

Leslie Moore

Littoral Books, 2023