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4/27 poem rec - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
4/27 poem rec
Almost there...

I wanted to rec something odd and Wallace Stevens came to mind, but I'm not in a mood for "The Emperor of Ice Cream" (and besides, you'd get the idea that I only rec poems I've seen in Stephen King books, neh?).

So I looked around and found "Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird." Which is the most self-explanatory title ever. And literally, Stevens just does stanzas about blackbirds, with totally different ways of seeing them.

VIII

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


The rest.

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persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: April 27th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. I really like the phrase "It was evening all afternoon," somehow.
toastedcheese From: toastedcheese Date: April 28th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I love that poem so much (and had temporarily forgotten it existed.)
lacontessamala From: lacontessamala Date: April 28th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no. I had almost, almost managed to forget that poem existed. I had to study that damn thing in freshman creative writing until I nearly went cross-eyed.

I love The Emperor of Ice Cream but I generally find the rest of his stuff too inaccessable. Which drives me nuts. I understand having to work to understand a poem, but sometimes the effort is not worth the gem of understanding to be gained at the end. /end rant :D
matril From: matril Date: April 28th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved Emperor, though it was pretty odd on first perusal. There was another one we studied in AP English about nightgowns or something...Wallace Stevens is weird. But I like this one too. Now I shall think of blackbirds differently. :)
may_child From: may_child Date: April 28th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Fern...speaking of "The Emperor of Ice Cream," the King book that that poem appears in, 'Salem's Lot, has come out in a special 30-year anniversary edition, complete with added pages and illustrations:

http://tinyurl.com/p9dzh

I don't know what your favorite King book is, but 'Salem's Lot is mine.
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: April 28th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I read this poem in tenth (eleventh?) grade, then the poem based off of it called "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Tortilla" by a chicano poet. Then we had to write our own version. I believe I wrote "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pencil."
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