Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts

Quotes

11 November 2014
All my life I have lived and behaved very much like [the] sandpiper—just running down the edges of different countries and continents, "looking for something" ... having spent most of my life timorously seeking for subsistence along the coastlines of the world.
28 April 2016
“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so Im sure its a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ”
28 April 2016
“Close, close all night the lovers keep. They turn together in their sleep, Close as two pages in a book that read each other in the dark. Each knows all the other knows, learned by heart from head to toes.”
28 April 2016
“Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too?”
28 April 2016
“I was made at right angles to the world and I see it so. I can only see it so.”
28 April 2016
“Think of the long trip home. Should we have stayed home and thought of here? Where should we be today?”
28 April 2016
“Open the book. (The gilt rubs off the edges of the pages and pollinates the fingertips.)”
28 April 2016
“Time to plant tears, says the almanac. The grandmother sings to the marvelous stove and the child draws another inscrutable house.”
28 April 2016
“But he sleeps on the top of his mast with his eyes closed tight. The gull inquired into his dream, which was, "I must not fall. The spangled sea below wants me to fall. It is hard as diamonds; it wants to destroy us all.”
28 April 2016
“Hoping to live days of greater happiness, I forget that days of less happiness are passing by.”

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