The photographs are of Innisfree Garden, October 5, Walkway Over the Hudson, October 8, and Buttercup Farm, October 11. Continue reading
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
—Wallace Stevens (from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)
Stevens was a master of autumn. (Spring, he didn’t like so much, it seems.) Last year, in my Autumn Thoughts post, I quoted from Stevens’s An Ordinary Evening in New Haven. This year, ModPo is again in session, and the “leaves in whirlings” passage from An Ordinary Evening came to mind as I thought about Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, the Stevens poem discussed in the course. Continue reading