Large Bad Picture by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop was a poet and short-story writer. She is considered one of the finest poets of the 20th century. From 1949 to 1950 she was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Cape Breton by Elizabeth Bishop

Out on the high "bird islands," Ciboux and Hertford, the razorbill auks and the silly-looking puffins all stand with their backs to the mainland in solemn, uneven lines along the cliff's brown grass-frayed edge, while the few sheep pastured there go "Baaa, baaa." (Sometimes, frightened by aeroplanes, they stampede and fall over into the sea … Continue reading Cape Breton by Elizabeth Bishop

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places, … Continue reading One Art