Elizabeth Bishop

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  • Elizabeth Bishop
    • The Fish
      • "He didn’t fight. He hadn’t fought at all"
      • "He hung a grunting weight, battered and venerable"
      • "his brown skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper"
      • "He was speckled with barnacles"
      • "fresh and crisp with blood"
      • "Like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering, a five-haired beard of wisdom trailing from his aching jaw"
      • "And I let the fish go"
    • Sestina
      • "the old grandmothersits in the kitchen with the child"
      • "Little Marvel Stove"
      • "laughing and talking to hide her tears"
      • "The iron kettle sings on the stove"
      • "watching the teakettle's small hard tearsdance like mad on the hot black stove"
      • "her teacup full of dark brown tears"
      • "Time to plant tears, says the almanac.The grandmother sings to the marvelous stoveand the child draws another inscrutable house"
    • In the Waiting Room
      • "I went with Aunt Consuelo to keep her dentist’s appointment"
      • "while I waited I read the National Geographic (I could read)"
      • "carefully studied the photographs"
      • "A dead man slung on a pole --“Long Pig"
      • "Babies with pointed heads wound round and round with string"
      • "I read it right straight through. I was too shy to stop."
      • "What took me completely by surprise was that it was me"
      • "I was my foolish aunt"
      • "the sensation of falling off the round, turning world. into cold, blue-black space"
      • "Why should I be my aunt, or me, or anyone?"
    • First Death in Nova Scotia
      • "In the cold, cold parlormy mother laid out Arthur"
      • "on the tablestood a stuffed loon"
      • "Since Uncle Arthur fireda bullet into him,he hadn't said a word"
      • "He kept his own counsel on his white, frozen lake"
      • "Come and say good-byeto your little cousin Arthur."
      • "givenone lily of the valleyto put in Arthur's hand"
      • "Arthur's coffin wasa little frosted cake,and the red-eyed loon eyed itfrom his white, frozen lake"
      • "Jack Frost had started to paint him"
      • "left him white, forever"
    • Questions of Travel
      • "There are too many waterfalls here"
      • "Think of the long trip home. Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?"
      • "To stare at some inexplicable old stonework, inexplicable and impenetrable"
      • "instantly seen and always, always delightful"
      • "Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too?"
      • "But surely it would have been a pity not to have seen the trees along this road"
      • " Never to have studied history in the weak calligraphy of songbirds' cages"
      • "Is it lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home"
    • Filling Station
      • "Oh, but it is dirty!"
      • "Be careful with that match!"
      • "Father wears a dirty,oil-soaked monkey suitthat cuts him under the arms"
      • "several quick and saucyand greasy sons assist him(it’s a family filling station)"
      • "several quick and saucyand greasy sons assist him(it’s a family filling station),all quite thoroughly dirty"
      • "Do they live in the station?"
      • "grease-impregnated wickerwork;on the wicker sofaa dirty dog, quite comfy"
      • "Some comic books providethe only note of color"
      • "They lieupon a big dim doilydraping a taboret(part of the set), besidea big hirsute begonia"
      • "Somebody embroidered the doily. Somebody waters the plant,or oils it, maybe"
      • "Somebodyarranges the rows of cansso that they softly say:esso—so—so—so"
      • "Somebody loves us all"

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