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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (excerpt)

Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

I do not know which to prefer,
the beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

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"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" from Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens. Copyright © 1923 and renewed 1951. Reprinted with the permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.


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