Paul McCartney is compiling "Blackbird Singing," a book of lyrics and poetry, according to publishers.

Paul McCartney is compiling "Blackbird Singing," a book of lyrics and poetry, according to publishers. The book is described as a "highly personal collection" including previously unpublished poems and elegies to his late wife, Linda McCartney, who died of breast cancer in 1998, British publisher Faber and Faber said on its Web site. W.W. Norton & Co., which has American publishing rights, plans to issue the collection in April in coordination with National Poetry Month. It will be published in Britain in March. McCartney will be closely involved in the project throughout the editorial and publication process, the U.S. publisher said in an earlier statement. "'Blackbird Singing' reflects the poetic vision and the transcendent emotions that have made Paul McCartney one of the most beloved poets in the world," editor Robert Weil said. (AP) Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.