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Recommended Reading: Megan Marshall's Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

Since reading a few of Elizabeth Bishop’s poems as a teenager, I’ve always enjoyed my encounters with her work, but felt the poet was inscrutable, always at arm’s length, despite the fact that I live in the city where she was born and where she’s buried. 739 more words

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Ways of working

This was originally posted during my Causley Trust writing residency on 7th December 2016 at:


There are so many sides to procrastination. I have explored most of them. 1,796 more words

Charles Causley

Poetry Post (1) - I found ideas of madness at your door

I found ideas of madness at your door

He howled against the stupidity of paper walls.

Letters never swelled with lips or chest,

Like a mind wholly mind, perching… 819 more words


Elizabeth Bishop

Love’s the boy stood on the burning deck
 trying to recite “The boy stood on
 the burning deck”. Love’s the son
        stood stammering elocution
        while the poor ship in flames went down. 46 more words


January 5 & 6

Excerpt from “The Armadillo” by Elizabeth Bishop

This is the time of year

when almost every night

the frail, illegal fire balloons appear.

Climbing the mountain height, 100 more words

Losing things, and joining a protest

It’s been almost 3 hours since I last lost something, which is a slightly sad thing to be pleased about.  Lately my little things — car keys, access cards, reading glasses, my tablet device, my phone — have gone missing more than usual.   481 more words


Friday Poem-Elizabeth Bishop

Chemin De Fer

Alone on the railroad track
I walked with pounding heart.
The ties were too close together
or maybe too far apart.

The scenery was impoverished: 79 more words