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Prose Paperback – February 1, 2011
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“It is no exaggeration to say that these stories will be read beside her poems, as Keat's letters are beside his . . . 'The Sea & Its Shore' and 'In Prison' [are] worthy of Kafka or Poe.” ―David Kalstone, The New York Times Book Review
“A stunning collection. . . . These are the kind of stories you should linger over, savor, and rediscover again and again.” ―Elin Schoen, Mademoiselle
“A record of merciless observation, full of surprises both tragic and comic . . . Again and again, in these pages, it is the precision that astonishes . . . So often what Bishop gives us are these small, exact glimpses of the mundane, shorn of all rhetorical indulgence. But when looking is thus transformed, will any word but ‘vision' do?” ―April Bernard, Newsday
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As for "Visits to St. Elizabeths" the setting is a hospital. Once again hospitals are not a fun, cheerful place to be.A way this poem contrasts from the other is instead of a child character, this poem includes a grown man, a "tragic"(5) "old" (11) man. The phrase "wearing the watch/that tells the time" (18-19)is repeated throughout the poem. This phrase is significant because many people who are in hospitals are there for reasons that may take their life away. Bishop may be using this setting to create a moral: for people need to realize time is limited.
I found both these poems to be patricianly interesting because "In the Waiting room", even the title is hinting at time, is about a childhood memory and "Visiting St. Elizabeths'" is about a grown man. The poems have such a difference in age yet both include time.Read more ›