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The Complete Poems 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop
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Sep 20, 2008

really liked it

EB is my "remarkable poet," a past mind that understands me without ever having known me. She belongs to the school of Confessionalism (touted by the likes of the famous Robert Lowell), and I believe she to be the most illustrious, gifted, of all of them. Even for those not into poetry, Bishop's exploration of travel and natural motifs, in relation to her own internal struggle, are worth reading.
An example:
"Think of the long trip home.
Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?
Where should be be today?
Is it right to be watching strangers in a play
in this strangest of theatres?
What childishness is it that while there's a breath of life
in our bodies, we are determined to rush
to see the sun the other way around?
The tiniest green hummingbird in the world?
To stare at some inexplicable old stonework,
inexplicable and impenetrable,
at any view,
instantly seen and always, always delightful?
Oh, must we dreams our dreams
and have them, too?
And have we room
for one more folded sunset, still quite warm?"
From "Questions of Travel"

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Cciccolella when i read her i become involved i love her and i want to embrace her. i feel like she is giving herself to me

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