Elizabeth Bishop Quotes

What childishness is it that while there's breath of life in our bodies, we are determined to rush to see the sun the other way around?
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. "Questions of Travel." Bishop, an avid traveler, spent the last 16 years of her life in Brazil.
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His beak is focussed; he is preoccupied, looking for something, something, something. Poor bird, he is obsessed!
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 16-18). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray, and mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 19-20). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The roaring alongside he takes for granted, and that every so often the world is bound to shake. He runs, he runs to the south, finical, awkward, in a state of controlled panic, a student of Blake.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Heaven is not like flying or swimming, but has something to do with blackness and a strong glare
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Seascape (l. 20-21). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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this cartoon by Raphael for a tapestry for a Pope:
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Seascape (l. 12). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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With crayons the child draws a rigid house and a winding pathway. Then the child puts in a man with buttons like tears
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sestina (l. 27-29). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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I know what I know, says the almanac.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sestina (l. 26). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Time to plant tears, says the almanac. The grandmother sings to the marvellous stove and the child draws another inscrutable house.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sestina (l. 37-39). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. "Sleeping Standing Up," st. 2, Poems: North and South a Cold Spring (1955).
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