Hi everyone ~ As part of my feature poet series, I am happy to showcase the work of Wallace Stevens, one of America's most respected poets.
Wallace Stevens was a master stylist, employing an extraordinary vocabulary and a rigorous precision in crafting his poems. But he was also a philosopher of aesthetics, vigorously exploring the notion of poetry as the supreme fusion of the creative imagination and objective reality. Because of the extreme technical and thematic complexity of his work, Stevens was sometimes considered a willfully difficult poet. But he was also acknowledged as an eminent abstractionist and a provocative thinker, and that reputation has continued since his death. In 1975, for instance, noted literary critic Harold Bloom, whose writings on Stevens include the imposing Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate, called him "the best and most representative American poet of our time."
You can read more about his life here.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
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
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.
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?
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.
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Our challenge is to write a new poem or prose poem inspired by a line, title, verse or style of Wallace Stevens. I look forward to reading your work. Please don't forget to visit and return the comments of your fellow poets. Happy Sunday ! Grace (aka Heaven
Technically it isnt midnight here yet, am just going to bed. This was a timely prompt for me, Grace. Thanks for the inspiration.
A wonderful prompt Grace..
Happy Sunday everyone ~ Thanks for linking up early Sherry & Sumana ~
Happy Sunday everyone.
This is a fun prompt. Wallace Steven's poems are so challenging to read, it's like being in a few different places at the same time. :)
And I enjoyed your take Ravenblack, smiles ~
I wish I could take part, but lots of things to do after my vacation. I will try my best to do something later tonight.
So many wonderful prompts today! Have to find time! This was a great one!
Hope you like my poem, it was a difficult prompt but I did my best :)
Thank you Grace for the opportunity!
Looking forward to it Bjorn ~ CC & Sanaa, thanks for linking up ~
This is one I certainly can relate to Grace, and even though I have written many poems for,to, or strongly influenced by Stevens, I did find a way to pull out yet one more. Thanks!
I have made it to Day 12 of NaPoWriMo but tomorrow I return to work as my Easter vacation is over. I am not sure whether I will be able to keep up the pace of writing or reading but I will try my best.
I managed to find some time... finally. Today I have sent in my second draft of a short story compilation we are writing... 5300 words is a quite bit longer than a normal poem of mine.
These are lovely poetic shares ~ I am glad you found his work inspiring ~ Bjorn, good luck with the short story as I don't have the energy to even write 1000 words ~
this was a cool form to write... thanks for the prompt... it was a bit like story telling
I too have been long inspired by Wallace Stevens... and fear this effort is not so strong. But here it is! #12! And Blogger is giving me a big headache, argh.
Hey Grace, thanks for the great prompt. Really enjoyed thinking about Stevens this time of month. k.
Love Stevens. Thanks for the prompt.
Hello all, here's a poem about a black bird, and a photo as a bonus!
not sure if it's quite to the prompt, but offered nonetheless...
Thank you for this challenge, Grace!
This was a fun challenge. And I need to familiarize myself with more of Mr. Stevens' work!
Grace, thank you so much for the inspiration and I am sorry for being so late.
Thanks for all your lovely responses. I am slowly making my rounds this morning ~ Have a good week everyone ~
Grace, I am sorry I missed your challenge. I will try to write to this challenge another time. We had family home and then company.
I will be by to read what I missed~
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