Tag Archives: Robert Lowell

2020 Books Read

What a year, huh. What a dumpster-fire year. I read a lot, mostly in the mornings, and it helped create rituals for the days, which often seemed endlessly the same, interchangeable. I read a lot of long and challenging books … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets – and she actually didn’t write all that many poems throughout her life – not compared to other poets who lived as long as she did (The Complete Poems: 1927-1979) – but … Continue reading

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“It took me an hour or so to get back into my own metre.”

Elizabeth Bishop wrote that to Robert Lowell, after reading one of his poems. An amazing symbiotic relationship – the two influencing one another, loving one another – while living separate lives. I am most interested in how the work affected … Continue reading

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Commonplace

“Tell me honestly, Cal. Am I as good a poet as Shelley?” — William Carlos Williams to his friend Robert Lowell. This was asked during Williams’ last illness.

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