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Prompt #68 Thirteen Ways

August 18, 2011


Thirteen Ways of Looking

We Write Poems:  
Margo Roby offers this suggestion for our writing this week:
From the first time I read Wallace Steven’s poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” I have wanted to write a similar poem.  What a great exercise for stretching perspective, metaphor, imagery, my brain!  This holds true for anyone.  To write thirteen different views of the same item will require looking closely, turning the thing around, upside down, micro, macro, and way out of the box.  If you look at Stevens’ poem, you will see he does all that to a blackbird.  Pick an item to work with that you think you can come up with between eight and thirteen small poems about (that is what they are, after all).  Now start by jotting down all your associations with the chosen item.  Pick the ones you think will work into small poems and write.

Thank you Margo for this wonderful prompt idea!  Please read Margo’s original prompt posting and poem.

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  1. August 22, 2011 3:45 pm

    i used an umbrella – fitting for seattle, at least. it didn’t take long to come up with 8 or 9 but everything after that required some thinking!


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