Wild Ducks Flying Backward is Tom Robbins's latest book, published on August 30, 2005. It is an anthology of poems, short stories, essays, reviews, and other brief writings over Robbins's career. Thomas Eugene Robbins (born July 22, 1936 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina) is an American author. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but in recent years its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short stories and comic strips. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... This article is in need of attention. ... An essay is a short work that treats a topic from an authors personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them. ... A review is an evaluation of a publication, such as a movie, video game, musical composition, or book. ...
It was born of the knowledge that in October wood ducks can be found on backwater sloughs and rushy ponds across the state, and founded on the principal that wood ducks are toothsome on the table.
Bill and I came of duck hunting age when wood ducks were trophies, birds you shot to mount on the wall, not to eat, although I admit to having shot a few and roasted the breasts on a stick over a campfire along Looking Glass Creek when I was a kid.
Six wood duck decoys seemed like plenty as we would be hunting small beaver ponds, but at the last minute we tossed in half a dozen blue-winged teal and three each of shoveler and mallard decoys just for good measure.
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