Bird Calls & Summonses by William Graddy


Bird Calls & Summonses

William Graddy on Seeing with a "Devout, Intransitive Eye"

I'm going to start by sketching three brief personal experiences. Each, though literally true, is also parabolic of basic claims about art or creativity once thought axiomatic but now generally resisted when considered together.

The Two Birds

Here is story number one: One recent Tuesday morning I walked before dawn from our house to the nearest Starbucks for breakfast. Though light was still an hour away, most of the songbirds in the neighborhood were already in full voice, chirping and w . . .