“I’m not interested in big-scale work as such….Something needn’t be large to be good.” – Elizabeth Bishop

(click video above to hear recordings of Elizabeth Bishop reading her own poems)

“In 1949, [Bishop] wrote to Lowell that ‘I’ve always felt that I’ve written poetry more by not writing it than writing it’ — a remark that not only suggests an explanation for her small number of completed works, but also indicates a certain attitude toward literature and life.”

The passions of Elizabeth Bishop – Troy Jollimore – The Washington Post – 1/31/17

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