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Elizabeth Bishop: "present everywhere but visible nowhere"

Hiding in Plain Sight: The loneliness of Elizabeth Bishop. – David Yaffe – The Nation – November 6, 2017

“One of the brilliant features of Bishop’s writing was that, despite her astonishing control and mastery of forms from centuries past, she had a gushing emotional register just barely below the surface. 172 more words

Cool as from underground springs and pure enough to drink

“The Man-Moth

– by Elizabeth Bishop

Man-Moth: Newspaper misprint for “mammoth.”

Here, above,

cracks in the buildings are filled with battered moonlight.

The whole shadow of Man is only as big as his hat. 444 more words

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filling station :: elizabeth bishop

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, 153 more words


Week 256: At The Fishhouses, by Elizabeth Bishop

I can’t quite figure out how Elizabeth Bishop does it. On the face of it this is a rambling, unstructured piece, relaxed almost to the point of looseness, that shouldn’t really work, and yet I find it intensely pleasurable. 828 more words


Writer's Quote: Loss

We’ve all suffered losses. Be it a missing pen when we’re about to write an exam, or a missing doll; the loss of husband to someone else or the loss of a loved one from this earth. 227 more words


I am in need of music

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. 87 more words



Easy to get in, very hard to get out.  That is the principle of the fish trap.  The photo above shows how this is done in a traditional lobster pot.  788 more words