"In June, I wrote a blog post titled 'A Bird In The Mail,' celebrating what I thought would be the beginning of a new friendship and correspondence with Bobby Swain, a poet-sculptor living in Onancock, VA.We'd exchanged only two letters since then. And I did not know that already, he was (as his wife put it) 'in decline'... Bobby suffered a severe back injury when he was only twenty years old and in college, and has been in a wheelchair since then; and, thirteen years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Nevertheless, he never went into any of these in great detail, and instead wrote about how he got into the carving/sculpting of the bird figures he has become famous for, and about his lifetime love affair with poetry (what he called his 'unfinished business')."
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