To coincide with World Environment Day, John Laidler and I released a new album today.
Thirteen Ways of Considering Black Birds” was triggered by hearing a birdsong we couldn’t place while looking for whales in Gumbaynggirr Country. You can hear the song in track 1.
This audio work is a riposte to Wallace Stevens’ abstracted poetry and his poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’. Gary Snyder began his poem ‘What You Should Know to be a Poet’, with:
all you can about animals as persons
the names of trees and flowers and weeds
names of stars . . .’ And I’d add, birds