13 ways of looking at a blackbird


13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

These two images are representations of two stanzas of the poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”. We had to create the images using only text forms. The way I did this was by creating text boxes using the pen tool and filling them with blocks of text.  The second image has an illusion of value, but really its all black and white text. I created the darker forms by layering text on top of text.

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

M.D.Gray Project 2 Excerpt

These are some of my favorite panels from my Project 2 submission based upon Wallace Stevens’ 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. I found this to be a very difficult project that challenged me to look at simple text in a whole new way. As I progressed through the 13 stanzas of the poem I experimented with different techniques and styles to translate the visual metaphor of the poem into clean representations using only vector text. I ended up actually enjoying this project despite the fact that I was unable to follow the original theme I intended. I am definitely learning to be flexible and open-minded as I approach our projects.

The four blocks above represent stanzas 4, 5, 9 and 10:


A man and a woman

Are one.

A man and a woman and a blackbird

Are one.


I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflections

Or the beauty of innuendoes,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.


When the blackbird flew out of sight,

It marked the edge

Of one of many circles.


At the sight of blackbirds

Flying in a green light,

Even the bawds of euphony

Would cry out sharply.

Thirteen ways of looking at a BlackBird

thirteen_ways_of_looking_at_a_blackbird <– *PDF Format here*

This project was quite difficult to understand, as of now I’m not sure if I even did it right.  In conclusion i believe that this project is fun, unique, and creative; knowing that I have to work only with “Text”.


After “critiquing time”; I’ve made a couple of changes  to my work.