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

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 nine members; but Scott does not always make it down from Sonoma. We are:

Beverly Burch Diane K. Martin Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Robert Thomas

George Higgins Idris Anderson Melissa Stein Zack Rogow

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

We invite you to visit the poets' pages and read the poems. You can also contact a poet directly when an email address is given.

"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 by Nathaniel Martin. Copyright © 2011 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: August 25, 2011