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Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Insomnia


The moon in the bureau mirror
looks out a million miles
(and perhaps with pride, at herself,
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  • Nici M (1/23/2014 12:45:00 AM)

    In my final year of high school, some 20 years ago, I know that Elizabeth Bishop was the name attached to a poem rated high on that dread list called You might be examined on this. I know that I studied the poem- I turned it to words, inside out and upside down; every possible meaning extracted, and it remained words. I think that's why I cannot (for the life of me) remember which of her poems that was. I'm commenting on this one, though, for the sheer delight it brought, and I'm very glad that I shall never, *ever* turn Ms. Bishop's gorgeous poetry into mere words again. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Ann Leone (8/9/2006 12:05:00 PM)

    The language is fresh and unique, a hallmark of Bishop's incomparable work. She can turn a mundane topic (as in Shampoo, another favorite of mine) into something unforgettable. I am completely awed by her talent and how she weaves emotion into her world; in this case, a fantastic one where the moon (synonymous with the speaker) resides in a bedroom mirror. It is only at the end we understand the depth of feeling behind her mystical images. A true genius, and I wish she were alive so I could write and tell her what her poetry means to me. (Report) Reply

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