Book Illustration

Thirteen Ways of Looking
at a Blackbird

These pen and ink drawings and the book's design were commissioned to illustrate a poem by Wallace Stevens, set in book form. Due to copyright restrictions, the poem cannot be quoted here. The artist interpreted each of the 13 parts of the poem. Beneath each picture is a brief description.

Contact Don Albert Graphic Arts for information regarding the illustration and design of poetry for publication.


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The tracks of a blackbird in snow make a self-portait.


Singing blackbirds perching on violin strings.

A blackbird whispers secrets to a nestling.

Tree branches form 2 flying blackbirds, the moon silhouettes a 3rd at rest.


A blackbird drawn on the frosty pane of a window.

A blackbird perched on a finger.