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The Complete Poems 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop
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May 20, 2009

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This time I gave Bishop a real chance but I still don't really like the work. It's not the overwriting and the endless description so much as the lack of angling that gets me. The lack of saying what she means. The lack of carving at the heart of things (except for Insomnia where she nails the heart to the wall). At times, I do like, however, the mood she creates through narrative (i.e. The Moose, At The Fishhouses).

Also, there are some choices in her Portuguese translations that pretty much blow.
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