Starling: to take on rigid form, to stand out, to project, to observe the moving world from a point of fixity, as a group. The bird called a starling is a common form of stare energy (a little stare). The diminutive comes from their existence within a flock and their small individual size. It is the flock itself which takes on movement and stillness, more than the individual birds. In contrast, in humans the energize is individualized first, in the sense of a strong gaze, and secondly, in terms of groups staring each other down. Never is a stare used to lift someone up.


Late Winter Starlings, Staring

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