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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is a poem from Wallace Stevens' first book of poetry, Harmonium. The poem consists of thirteen short, separate sections, each of which mentions blackbirds in some way. Although inspired by haiku, none of the sections meet the traditional definition of haiku. It was first published in October 1917 by Alfred Kreymborg in ' and two months later in the December issue of '.

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A reading of the poem.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

A piano score based on the choral version of this poem. Music can reflect poetry in many ways. Think "Danse Macabre." Works amazingly with this poem as well.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

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