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On Carl Sandburg’s “Buttons”

“Are they assigned, or can the countries pick their colors?” wonders Elizabeth Bishop in her whimsical poem “The Map” (1946). It’s an odd sort of utopian fantasy, where the land and sea, once depicted by the map-maker, produce their own … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bishop: “Brazil, January 1, 2015” or “Manuelzinho:?

May 1, 2015 The Table of Contents, the print anthology as a finite, bounded object — they loom large.   While they do that, though, this blog is going to hold out for a little longer, not going there yet. … Continue reading

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Brazil: Karen Tei Yamashita, Elizabeth Bishop

April 24, 2013 Both write about human efforts that come to nothing.   Bishop’s Manuelzinho begins bravely, planting gardens that ravish the eye: beds of  cabbages edged with red carnations, lettuces with alyssum.   But then “silver umbrella ants arrive,/ or it … Continue reading

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Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop: Boston Marathons

April 17, 2013 He writes only about the Civil War dead: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the soldiers from the all-black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, captured in bronze by August Saint-Gaudens. The sculpture isn’t all that close to the finish … Continue reading

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