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The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop
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Sep 22, 09

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Read in July, 2009

the poetry of elizabeth bishop is as good as anything written in any language. she is a true master of the art of saying things. i could not be more impressed by a writer. she is the gold standard of clever.

her poems are heartbreaking and sublime. the language is utterly gorgeous and hypnotic. her honesty as a human being is staggering. her poems are both surprisingly simple and unmistakeably complicated.

superlatives in book reviews are rarely credible, but with elizabeth bishop, one is not well-served using words other than "best" or "most" or "utmost".

after all, people are still reading her, despite you. i could totally bomb this review and it would not make her poems any less fabulous.

she is as good as keats or shakespeare, and i'll just leave it at that. it would ruin the poems if i talked about anything more than how much i love them.

sorry, elizabeth, if i fucked up your legacy with my youthful enthusiasm. :)
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