Individual Work
Thirteen Ways of Killing a Scrubjay

"Thirteen Ways of Killing a Scrubjay" is a prose-poem by Richard Holeton in the form of a blog that explores the theme of modern violence. The work is a "playful" response to the Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (Holeton). The journal entries detail ludicrously gruesome and elaborate plans to murder the birds: from poison pellets to cyanide darts to water cannons.

The blog fiction was first published online in 2007. In 2015, it was exhibited at ISEA International (Holeton).


Holeton, Richard. 'On "Thirteen Ways of Killing a Scrubjay."' Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art.