by Lilyanna D’Amato
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.
Thus begins the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’ intensely evocative poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, which describes the haunting flight of a blackbird against the backdrop of a devastatingly still, snowy night.
Enigmatic but vivid, Stevens’ imagery now serves as the artistic cornerstone of a premiere contemporary classical ensemble: Eighth Blackbird. [Read more…]