Ah, like a luxurious exhale The morning sun leaves her hidden bed, And with fiery sandals sets sail Upon uncharted waters of love and dread. We say hello to strangers we’ve never met, Search the mysterious places behind their eyes ... James Levin embraces all of life’s experiences—both good and bad—in his first collection of poetry. In verse written in 2003-2005, Levin observes life around him while attempting to capture the essence of what it is to be human. In a varied compilation that includes sestinas, villanelles, pantoums, and sonnets, Levin explores relationships, tragedies, faith, nature, death, and love. From the complexities of a mother and son bond to the marathon that follows a frightening medical diagnosis to a teacher’s innermost thoughts as his students return to the classroom, Levin shares relatable verse that encourages others to look inward and reflect on their own experiences and lives. Where the Parrot Flies is an engaging anthology of poems that shares one man’s lyrical journey through three years of life as he learns, loves, and lets go.