One Sunday a month, a group of poets from all over the Bay Area meets in a living room or on a deck in San Francisco to eat, exchange poetry news, and read and discuss poetry.

Scott Reid and Diane Kirsten-Martin started the group in the late 80s—and though poets have come and gone, the group has, for the most part, existed since. It now comprises ten members, although Scott does not always make it down from Sonoma. We are:

  Diane K. Martin Jeanne Wagner Nancy Taylor Everett Scott Reid
Beverly Burch Idris Anderson Melissa Stein Robert Thomas Zack Rogow

The Thirteen Ways site takes its name from the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," and is emblematic of our diverse approaches to writing poetry.

We invite you to visit the poets' pages and read the poems. Please sign our guestbook and comment on a poem or let us know what you think of the site. (Do not post your own poems here, please.) You can also contact a poet directly when an email address is given.

For technical problems and comments about the site, please contact Diane K. Martin.

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is from the Complete Poems of Wallace Stevens, by Wallace Stevens, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright © 1954 Wallace Stevens. See STEVENS'S POEM for complete text.


This site designed and composed by Diane Kirsten Martin. Technical and graphics assistance from Nathaniel Martin. Copyright © 2004 Diane K. Martin. All poems the properties of the original authors. Blackbird graphic scanned from a woodcut by Thomas Bewick (1752-1828), source: 1800 Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick and his School, Dover Publications, Inc. This site last updated: November 30, 2004