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Is It Work? April 15, 2014: A neighbor famously called Robert Frost the laziest man in the world, not just because he sat on the porch all day staring at nature like it was television, but also because he was constantly falling asleep in snowdrifts in the woods and letting hired men die poetically on his hearth instead of calling an ambulance to come pick them up. "He [...] by

On ‘Fish’ and ‘Fallen Angels’: Book Forum Considers Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking February 11, 2014: Book Forum introduces readers to Olivia Laing's heartfelt glimpse at American writers whose literary prestige and alcoholism were so intertwined: John Berryman, John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, among others. (Not pictured in this snapshot and worth mentioning are several female writers who struggled with alcohol addiction, including Elizabeth [...] by

Elizabeth Bishop’s Memorial Service (1979) Now Digitized at the Woodberry Poetry Room February 7, 2014: Chemin de Fer. "There's always a pool parlor wherever one goes," wrote Elizabeth Bishop. Morning. Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room has just finished digitizing and editing the recording of Memorial Service for Elizabeth Bishop, which struck in 1979 and featured readings and reminiscences by John Ashbery, Frank Bidart, Alice Methfessel, Octavio [...] by

Paris Review Heads to Brazil for a Look into Elizabeth Bishop’s Latest Appearance on the Big Screen November 14, 2013: The Paris Review heads to Brazil to consider the legendary Elizabeth Bishop's years in Rio de Janeiro. Bishop's time there, with her lover, Lota de Macedo Soares, is the inspiration behind the new film, Reaching for the Moon. When I first traveled to Rio de Janeiro to research all things Elizabeth Bishop, in 2002, I did not understand how [...] by

“Never Smiles:” Elizabeth Bishop Biopic Garners Village Voice’s Rotten Tomatoes November 6, 2013: Well, oh well. There's a new biopic out, exploring the life and legacy of Elizabeth Bishop, but the Voice doesn't recommend that you see it. The film, Reaching for the Moon, is directed by Bruno Barreto, starring Miranda Otto as the acclaimed poet. Bummer! The biopic, with its stubborn fidelity to the contours of real life, seems a poor [...] by

Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’ Scores a -2.50305521472 June 6, 2013: Turns out, in the literary death match between Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, it's Plath all the way! Or, that's to say, Plath's poem "Edge" (which scored a 1.42302654867) is closer to the "professional" end of the spectrum according to the Poetry Assessor, an application created by an Australian team of computational linguists to quantify [...] by

It’s On! Dear Elizabeth Opens This Weekend at Berkeley Rep. May 29, 2013: That's right! Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's newest play opens this weekend at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and it's based on the three-decades-long letter correspondences between poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. As Berkeley Repertory Theatre states on its website: Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters, acclaimed collaborators who [...] by

In the Waiting Room April 1, 2013: In the last year and a half, thanks to various potential threats to my health, I’ve had ample time to consider the particular space of the waiting room. I always set out for a doctor’s appointment with noble resolutions about how I’ll use my time—I plan to read, and grade papers, and start working on a new poem. But as soon as I step [...] by

Poetry Education or Educating the Poet October 23, 2012: Over at the Rumpus, David Biespiel is being inundated. "All of a sudden my inbox is filling up with links from friends to two essays related to poetry that have almost everything and nothing in common at once, and whose implications say a lot about how the art of poetry gets re- or de- artified." And what essays is he talking about, pray tell? [...] by

Elizabeth Bishop’s Geography September 6, 2012: When we look at a map, what do we really see? Is there such thing as cartographic neutrality? An essay on the Paris Review website dwells on Elizabeth Bishop's geographic poems, and how her perspective is less removed than it may initially seem. As a prelude to her 1976 collection of poems, Geography III, Elizabeth Bishop quotes a kind of [...] by