3 of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Gifs

I was inspired by Jason Coats’ #vizpoem students sharing poetry images on Twitter (see the whole course here) and decided to take a stab at an old favorite – Wallace Stevens Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

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Source files for the crow and mountains.

her face, crow tree, crow, other crow
Source files for her face, crow tree, crow, other crow
Source for the man, woman, and bird.
Source for the man, woman, and bird.

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  1. jmc8qv said on June 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Tom, I’ve been looking for a gif of a blackbird (or any bird, really), hovering in midair while it rides a wild current. — that’s for “The river is moving; the blackbird must be flying.” Any guesses where I can find one off the grid?

    • Tom Woodward said on June 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      The murmurations stuff is out there. There’s also stuff like this and this. I actually really like this one and this one.

    • gardnercampbell said on June 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Sounds like a kestrel falcon–one of Hopkins’ windhovers. I saw one in Cornwall once. The achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

      • Tom Woodward said on June 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm


        Pretty impressive looking.

        • gardnercampbell said on June 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

          Best. Animated. Gif. Ever.

  2. iamtalkytina said on June 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, I get it. This post has two of the ways. But the other eleven ways are still in mystery space. I was looking for the button to click to go to the next one, but I didn’t find it. So then I was thinking and looking for arrows (figures!) and then I read the title again and then it popped into my head.

    So now I will wait using my patience for more of the ways.

    But I was thinking, would this work if there was music to go along with it?

    Like:

    “The first way of blackbirds was blogged upon this day,
    • one blackbird eye.

    The second day of blackbirds was blogged another day,
    • three blackbird tree,
    • one blackbird eye.

    The third day of blackbirds was blogged another day,
    • ______________________. <————— (insert day three blackbird thing here)
    • three blackbird tree,
    • one blackbird eye.

    The fourth day of blackbirds was blogged another day,
    • ______________________. <————— (insert day four blackbird thing here)
    • ______________________. <————— (insert day three blackbird thing here)
    • three blackbird tree,
    • one blackbird eye.

    …"

    and so on.

    Well???

    • Tom Woodward said on June 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      I will do what I can if you’ll sing the song.

      • @iamtalkytina said on June 15, 2014 at 12:35 am

        Well, there would be room for it on my True Friends album, which is due out in May …

        I will watch for more crows, and then the pictures would make a great visual accompaniment for my song.

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