Tag Archives: Elizabeth Bishop

A Novelist in the Poet’s Village: On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Toíbín

On Elizabeth Bishop Colm Toíbín Princeton University Press, 2015 1. The critic David Kalstone said about Elizabeth Bishop in 1977 that “she is probably the most honored yet most elusive of contemporary poets.” How does one capture such an elusive prize? This is the challenge faced by Colm Toíbín. Bishop upped the ante as well […]


Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop!

I said to myself: three days and you’ll be seven years old. I was saying it to stop the sensation of falling off the round, turning world. into cold, blue-black space. But I felt: you are an I, you are an Elizabeth, you are one of them. Why should you be one, too? I scarcely […]


A Pocket Full of Poetry

Today is the 8th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I promise this year to refrain from any “or are you just glad to see me” business. What started out as a New York City affair has spread around the country, with schools and libraries all over sponsoring activities and bloggers everywhere calling for […]