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Somebody loves us all

The Filling Station


Oh, but it is dirty!

—this little filling station,

oil-soaked, oil-permeated

to a disturbing, over-all

black translucency.

Be careful with that match!


Father wears a dirty,

oil-soaked monkey suit

that cuts him under the arms,

and several quick and saucy

and greasy sons assist him

(it’s a family filling station),

all quite thoroughly dirty.

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Guest Poet: Elizabeth Bishop

Crusoe in England
by Elizabeth Bishop

A new volcano has erupted,
the papers say, and last week I was reading
where some ship saw an island being born: 1,213 more words


Merry Jesting

(Henri Rousseau, ‘La carriole du père Juniet’ (1908): Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris.)

Published in the Partisan Review in the summer of 1939, Elizabeth Bishop’s appreciation of Gregorio Valdes made no claims for him as a great painter—‘sometimes he was not even a good “primitive”’—and observed that the artist himself saw no difference between ‘what we think of as his good pictures and his poor pictures’, that success and failure seemed to be merely a matter of luck. 1,556 more words

Lauren Schlesinger's "Turning In & Away"

So, this is pretty cool: as part of her degree requirements to earn an MFA at the University of Washington, Lauren Schlesinger wrote a thesis titled… 496 more words

Poetic Turn

207. (Amy Clampitt)

Amy Clampitt’s “Nothing Stays Put” opens with an allusion to Wordsworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us,” and the turn her allusion takes is indicative of what she makes of the excess of the world: “The strange and wonderful are too much with us.” That line itself can be heard numerous ways: the description itself, “how strange and wonderful” is too often spoken and heard; we are too often confronted with what has traveled from distant, exotic lands and is now within reach (the poem is largely descriptive of non-native flowers for sale in NYC); unexpectedly, she might stress “too much” so that it seems that “with us” is doing the real work, implying that we make too big a fuss over the strange and wonderful; “with us,” in our perspective etc. 2,225 more words

Brief Essays

Curious Maps

In her poem The Map Elizabeth Bishop said ” More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers colors. ”

The Curious Map Book contains many cartographic gems from the British Library. 234 more words

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