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Elizabeth Bishop's recently discovered letters to her psychiatrist

Elizabeth Bishop’s poems seldom revealed details about her personal life.  As Heather Treseler writes at The Boston Review in “One Long Poem” (August 17, 2016) 155 more words

The State of Poetry ... in 1993

The following essay was published in the New Criterion in February, 1993, and reflects a view of American poetry from at least the 1970s forward. It’s quite depressing to read this two decades later, since the status of poetry as a subculture can’t help but be worse than it was then, and worse in part because the technology noted as a distraction and competition to poetry, back in 1993, are now used by poets for self-promotion, in many cases making the only poets who receive much attention those who are good at selling themselves, not at writing poetry. 3,807 more words


Tuesday, August 16th

If I could dance like this, I’d never sit down.

Jimmy Slyde (1927-2008) and Bob Moses, dancing, playing, talking



reading table

Lose something every day.

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On the Art of Losing

When I lost my sister ten years ago, I found a book of poems at a yardsale. I love poetry (English teacher) and reading them aloud. 448 more words

Little Exercise

Little Exercise

Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
like a dog looking for a place to sleep in,
listen to it growling.

Think how they must look now, the mangrove keys… 365 more words


Sonnet by Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. 80 more words


Tuesday, August 2nd


Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor; Martha Argerich, live, 1966



It is like what we imagine knowledge to be .

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