Thirteen Ways

Writer Sam Swope visits a class of restless, imaginative 11-year-olds in Queens, New York, where he embraces the challenge of teaching them Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

2004 / Pejk Malinovski / The Next Big Thing, USA


Writer Sam Swope visits a class of restless, imaginative 11-year-olds in Queens, New York, where he embraces the challenge of teaching them Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

Thirteen Ways won the Best Documentary: Director's Choice Award in the 2004 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story first aired on The Next Big Thing in 2003.


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