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Geography III (1976)

by Elizabeth Bishop

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In central Ohio
somewhere east of the capital
I went with E.B.
to keep an appointment
and she spoke to me of many things:
We're all "in the waiting room"
was one of them,
an aside that I handled with fair
words of praise.
Bristle not when I bring up
John Livingston Lowes
who is said to have said
"Free verse may be written as very beautiful prose;
prose may be written as very beautiful free verse.
Which is which?"
this de-constructor of Xanadu who
plumbed Coleridge's creative fountain,
giving double-edged acclaim.
Reading her book of poems I felt
a "sweet sensation of joy" and that is all
there is to it.
  ReneEldaBard | May 4, 2017 |
My feelings are bit skewed, I think, since i read the first half of the book a few weeks ago, and just finished the second half. 'In the Waiting Room' is great, no doubt about it, and Crusoe in England too. The rest of the book? Meh. I suspect that all the deep interpretations of these poems are more about the reader than the poet, and to be honest, whatever it is that I go to poetry for, Bishop doesn't give it to me. The poems are very pretty, no doubt, and have intellectual heft. I'm not sure what they lack- maybe an appropriate level of (British style) irony? Maybe my problem is rather what's in them: descriptions of art-works, descriptions of mildly surrealistic landscapes (or maybe 'landscapes'). I read a review which praised Bishop's 'sense of place,' and that might sum it up. Lacking much of a sense of place myself, I can't recognize it in others. So it's all my fault that I'm not into Bishop, but I think I can live with it. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Interesting poems, long for Bishop. It's a short collection, but the focus on space/geography is interesting. For anyone who enjoyed the story of Robinson Crusoe, there's a great poem based on him as well. Overall, worth a read. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Nov 13, 2008 |
Elizabeth Bishop, I love you! My favorite poem in this collection: "In the Waiting Room". ( )
  jayceebee | Feb 16, 2006 |
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Geography III, Bishop's final book of poems, first appaered in 1976. It contains such masterpieces as "In the Waiting Room," "The Moose," and "One Art."

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