Poetry Challenge 13

13 Ways

In honor of Poetry Month, and because this is Challenge 13, take a tip from Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Pick something at random–I once wrote one on a roll of masking tape–and write 13 short “views” of the thing, ranging from the minute view to the grand.

Stevens’ poem starts:

“Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.”

Here’s a link to the whole poem:


And here’s a site with poets who are writing a poem a day during April. Don’t know if I’ll be that ambitious.


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2 Responses to “Poetry Challenge 13”

  1. Robin Yokel Says:

    I love “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird!” Anyways, my blogs are Ups and Downs: the blog of old fashioned hair, and Ruminations from under the tree on life, both at Blogspot. I love your poetry challenges.

  2. mattiespillow Says:

    I checked the hair blog and will look for the other. I look forward to reading your poem!

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