Monthly Archives: November 2012

ELIZABETH BISHOP’S ‘THE BIGHT’

The fact that Elizabeth Bishop wrote The Bight on her 37th birthday is significant.  In the poem, the poet looks out to sea and searches for symbols that have significance in her own life.  She takes soundings from the sea, diving deep into her  subconscious in … Continue reading

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FREEDOM TO BREATHE

Some writers stay with us forever.  The Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn is one such writer.  Whenever I read his prose poem ‘Freedom to Breathe’ I find myself renewed both in mind and spirit. And since I cannot do justice to it in … Continue reading

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ELIZABETH BISHOP’S ‘THE FISH’

I’ve always loved Elizabeth Bishop’s poem The Fish not just because it’s so technically well-crafted, but also because in the poem Bishop supplies us with a totally different perspective on what it means to go fishing. In Bishop’s poem, the … Continue reading

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