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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

Robert Pinsky Discusses Ben Jonson’s Speaker at Slate July 17, 2012: Slate posted a nice bit of poetry criticism by Robert Pinsky today. Using poems by Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Bishop as launchpads, Pinsky dives in to Ben Jonson's "On My First Son" to bring out the virtues of the poet as speaker: I'm moved by Jonson's “On My First Son” in what might be called a personal way: The first-person [...] by

Elizabeth Bishop’s watercolors: “two brushstrokes each, but confidently cows” March 9, 2011: Writing for The New York Review of Books William Benton reviews Elizabeth Bishop's "other art:" her watercolors. In the 40 or so surviving examples of her paintings, Benton sees clearly the influence of other artists of the modernist era, like Alexander Calder, Kurt Schwitters and Joseph Cornell. Bishop identified with their work not by copying a [...] by

A pictorial “how to” for juggling three Elizabeth Bishop collections February 21, 2011: If William Logan's New York Times review of all things Bishop this Sunday didn't quite satisfy you're Bishop fever, then perhaps a little graphica? In the Barnes and Noble Review, cartoonist Ward Sutton offers a helpful users' guide to reading the new collections of Elizabeth Bishop's poetry, prose and correspondence with The New Yorker. Each [...] by

Don’t Wax the Poem April 1, 2010: Maybe all poets are nerds or they wouldn’t be poets. But not all poets write nerdy. Some are suave, which can be a good thing. Some are elegant in an elegant way. Nerds can be elegant in a backwards way, by retaining their bumps and inelegances, bumptious idiosyncrasies, a being-in-life at least as much as in-literature. There’s plenty to [...] by