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Questions of Travel by Elizabeth Bishop
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I came across a reference to “Sandpiper” in Silas House’s Southernmost, so started there and then proceeded through the rest of the collection in a random order. Over half of the poems are set in Brazil, and the rest “Elsewhere.” I liked particular lines or images but the whole doesn’t particularly hang together, and sometimes the repetition is too much, as in “Sestina” or “Visits to St. Elizabeths.” [Read from the Complete Poems.]

Favorite lines:

“Like a first coat of whitewash when it’s wet, / the thin gray mist lets everything show through” (from “Twelfth Morning; or What You Will”)

“Somebody embroidered the doily. / Somebody waters the plant, / … Somebody loves us all.” (from “Filling Station”)
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Reading Progress

July 30, 2018 – Started Reading
August 14, 2018 – Shelved
August 14, 2018 – Shelved as: poetry
August 14, 2018 – Shelved as: travel-books
August 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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