XIII of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird



The changes of fall waft through the air as we come to the last stanza of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). In honor of the last stanza, there is a representation of a blackbird in this one. The inspiration for the “head” of the bird came from the many-headed serpent on a Paracas female effigy jar (made approximately 200 BC) in the MFA Boston. It’s been a lot of fun doing this – I’m really not sure what I am going to do for Thursday posts now! (Suggestions for a new series welcome!) See all the illustrations:  I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIIVIIIIXXXI, and XII.  Read the whole poem here. Watercolor pencil (my new favorite art tool/toy!) painting and composition by me.


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