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Cormorants consists of 25 modified sonnets that are thematically linked together. Zdanys chose to entitle his work Cormorants because in each of his poems he used the figure of the cormorant, a sea bird, to construct a theopoetical framework through which one tries to find God in poetic articulations of lived, or imagined, experiences. Using various cultural and religious frameworks in his poems, Zdanys asked his readers to consider the idea that reality and the natural world are a legitimate source of divine revelation, mystery and of human expression of connection to God.