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Art Talk: The Poem of the Mind in the Act of Finding

In those poems that change me, I change the poem. Sometimes an artist does not know if he will make it to the end of a painting, or a poem. In order to find out, he must change it. What … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Grammar

Compression 1. Ordinary speech permits many sounds. 2. An entire sentence is used, and repeated. 3. All writing, whether we are reading a newspaper or reading a poem, is a series of repetitions. 4. Writers repeat the same thought pattern … Continue reading

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One Art Final Stanza

–Even losing you, (a joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident the art of losing’s not too hard to master, Thought it might look like (Write it!) like disaster. One may own a thing such … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s, “How Do I Love Thee”

My favorite line in the poem is, “I love thee to the level of everyday’s most quiet needs.” How many quiet needs do we have? Those needs are not spoken in words between two people who are married, they are … Continue reading

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Material World

Elizabeth Bishop’s writing traditions — devotional, romantic and modern — often make the images in her poems unify experience for her readers over time. Visual schemes in a poetic meter concentrate experience. Her visual experiences are spatial and communicate history … Continue reading

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4 O’clock Rain

September rain falls on the house. Elizabeth Bishop concerned herself throughout her career with questions of mastery — artistic, personal and cultural. Her poems portray both her desire for mastery and the dangers and illusions to which such desire is … Continue reading

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Tilting At Windmills, The Life Of Don Quixote

Years ago my brother asked for a painting of Don Quixote. Above is one I made based on the painting by Pablo Picasso. My brother wanted the painting because he saw in this knight titling at windmills a touch of … Continue reading

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