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Bishop was unforgiving of fashion and limited ways of seeing and feeling, but cast an even more trenchant eye on her own work. One wishes this volume were thicker, though the perfections within mark the rightness of her approach. The poems are sublimely controlled, fraught with word play, fierce moral vision (see her caustic ballad on Ezra Pound, "Visits to St. Elizabeths"), and reticence. From the surreal sorrow of the early "Man-Moth" (leaping off from a typo she had come across for "mammoth"), about a lonely monster who rarely emerges from "the pale subways of cement he calls his home," to the beauty of her villanelle "One Art" (with its repeated "the art of losing isn't hard to master"), the poet wittily explores distance and desolation, separation and sorrow.
If you are at all serious about writing poetry, you must own this book.
What's great about this book is that it contains Bishop's complete poems between 1927 and her early death at the age of 68 in 1979.
Her imagery, her use of form, her command over the language is rarely matched, and this collection contains all her work.
Samuel Beckett once described Marcel Proust's style as being "perfectly intelligible and perfectly inexplicable." The same can be said about Elizabeth Bishop's poetry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard Gigliobianco
there were a lot of unknown notice and comments all over the book but the main condition of the book was okPublished 3 months ago by jassim
I like it, saw it in a movie and I love poetry, love her writing, still reading, I would recommend itPublished 3 months ago by loraleep
I did not know the poems, I was curious. I like the way she in a sense cast a spell, when I am reading the poems. Normaly I find poems very difficult to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Signe Engelhardt Lykkegaard
I really was very happy with price/condition of the book. I always prefer to source books through Amazon since the price point seems to really be better than at my local bookstore... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kara
My son studied these poems in his poetry class at NYU. (He told me later he took poetry as there were usually a lot of girls in the class and he thought it might be an easy A. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. M. Keefer