"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest
form of learning."— George Bernard Shaw
Welcome to Day 19 of FEET IN THE CREEK.
Today's poet is Wallace Stevens. Check out the Wallace Stevens Society here.
Listen to Bill Murray read two of Stevens' poems.
from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
by Wallace Stevens
Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
A man and a woman
A man and a woman and a blackbird
My Intention: Write a series of stanzas looking at the creek in different ways.
A silver ribbon
winds through the moonlight.
I watch wisteria petals
eddy in circles
in a backed up pool.
A boy sits on a rock.
A solitary leaf turns slowly
on the current.
on the water's surface.
The creek hurries over rocks,
rushing to catch elephant ears
waving in the breeze.
A frog peers into clear
water watching her babies
dart toward darkness.
Water gurgles and plops
over rocks, creek singing its own song
to the birds overhead.
© Doraine Bennett, 2016. All rights reserved.
Week 1 poets:
April 1: Ralph Fletcher
April 2: Douglas Florian
April 3: Progressive poem. Catch up here.
April 4: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
April 5: Walt Whitman
April 6: Irene Latham
April 7: Carmen Bernos de Gasztold
Week 2 Poets:
April 8: Janet Wong
April 9: George Ella Lyon