© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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

II
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

III
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

IV
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

V
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendos,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

VI
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

VII
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

VIII
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

IX
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

X
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

XI
He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

XII
The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

XIII
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.
~ Wallace Stevens

Digital oils from an original photograph shot in
Haddam, Connecticut, December 14, 2011.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge, a layer of
VP5 Oils over a layer of Arkvis Oils

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Comments

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic processing, love the sepia toning!

  • Muchas gracias, Steven.

    – RC deWinter

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    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks, wishing you a joyful holiday season!

    – RC deWinter

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    MJD Photograph...about 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the group Connecticut Photography and Art
    – the group we named in honour of our members, who just happen to take pictures of or in Connecticut!
    Your work was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of artistic
    work we are looking for in this group.
    Thanks for keeping the quality so high and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent work to this group.

  • Aagin, suhc a honor to be featured here, and very appreciated. Blessed Yule!

    – RC deWinter

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Appreciate your hosting, Rene, thanks.

    – RC deWinter

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