Poems_Elizabeth Bishop

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Brandon Taylor

The first time I encountered Bishop’s great poem “One Art” was at the end of a so-so biopic about the poet. I immediately looked her up and fell in love. Her formalism, her humor, her penetrating acuity.

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William Boyd

Bishop is in my personal Pantheon of poets (along with W.H.Auden, Philip Larkin, Wallace Stevens and a few choice others). What’s remarkable is just how small Bishop’s corpus of work is. Her huge reputation rests on a mere seventy or so published poems. They are perfectly wrought, often labored-over for years. The precision of language is sensational.

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