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Author: BISHOP, ELIZABETH
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Bishop, Elizabeth    Poet's Biography
156 poems available by this author


12 O'CLOCK NEWS       
First Line: As you all know, tonight is the night of the full moon
Last Line: Inscrutable people, our opponents, or of the sad corruption of their leaders


A COLD SPRING       
First Line: A cold spring: / the violet was flawed on the lawn
Subject(s): Spring


A MIRACLE FOR BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee


ANAPHORA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Each day with so much ceremony
Last Line: Mortal fatigue
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


ANAPHORA       
First Line: Each day with so much ceremony
Subject(s): Mourning


ARGUMENT       
First Line: Days that cannot bring you near


ARMADILLO; FOR ROBERT LOWELL       
First Line: This is the time of year
Last Line: And a weak mailed fist %clenched ignorant against the sky
Subject(s): Animals; Armadillos; Birds; Brazil; Owls


ARRIVAL AT SANTOS       
First Line: Here is a coast; here is a harbor
Last Line: We are driving to the interior


AT THE FISHHOUSES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Although it is a cold evening
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


AT THE FISHHOUSES       
First Line: Although it is a cold evening
Last Line: Our knowledge is historical, flowing, and flown
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


BALL POEM       
First Line: What is the boy now, who has lost his ball
Last Line: Or whistling, I am not a little boy


BALLAD OF THE SUBWAY TRAIN       
First Line: Long, long ago when god was young
Last Line: They really are the dragons who %licked up the swarm of stars


BIGHT       
First Line: At low tide like this how sheer the water is
Last Line: All the untidy activity continues, %awful but cheerful
Subject(s): Nature; Wharves


BRAZIL, JANUARY 1, 1502       
First Line: Januaries, nature greets our eyes
Last Line: And retreating, always retreating, behind it


BURGLAR OF BABYLON       
First Line: On the fair green hills of rio
Last Line: The hill of astonishment, %and the hill of babylon
Subject(s): Burglars; Crime And Criminals; Rio De Janeiro


CAPE BRETON       
First Line: Out on the high bird islands, ciboux and hertford


CASABIANCA    Poem Text    
First Line: Love's the boy stood on the burning deck
Subject(s): Hemans, Felicia (1793-1835)


CASABIANCA       
First Line: Love's the boy stood on the burning deck
Last Line: On deck. And love's the burning boy
Subject(s): Hemans, Felicia (1793-1835)


CHEMIN DE FER       
First Line: Alone on the railroad track


CIRQUE D'HIVER       
First Line: Across the floor flits the mechanical toy
Last Line: We stare and say, 'well, we have come this far'


COLD SPRING       
First Line: A cold spring: %the violet was flawed on the lawn
Last Line: These particular glowing tributes %every evening now throughout the summer
Subject(s): Spring


COLDER THE AIR       
First Line: We must admire her perfect aim
Last Line: It is this clock that later falls %in wheels and chimes of leaf and cloud


CONVERSATION       
First Line: The tumult in the heart


COOTCHIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cootchie, miss lula's servant, lies in marl
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


COOTCHIE       
First Line: Cootchie, miss lula's servant, lies in marl
Subject(s): Mourning


CRUSOE IN ENGLAND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A new volcano has erupted
Subject(s): Robinson Crusoe


CRUSOE IN ENGLAND       
First Line: A new volcano has erupted
Last Line: And friday, my dear friday, died of measles %seventeen years ago come march
Subject(s): Robinson Crusoe


DEAD       
First Line: The winter is her lover now
Last Line: For winter holds his breath and see-- %this frost upon the grass


DEATH & LIFE OF A SEVERINO, SELS.       


DRUNKARD       
First Line: When I was three, I watched the salem fire
Last Line: I'm half-drunk now... %and all I'm telling you may be a lie


ELECTRICAL STORM       
First Line: Dawn an unsympathetic yellow


FAUSTINA, OR ROCK ROSES       
First Line: Tended by faustina %yes in a crazy house
Last Line: And womders oh, whence come %all the petals


FILLING STATION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Oh, but it is dirty!
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


FILLING STATION       
First Line: Oh, but it is dirty!
Last Line: Somebody loves us all
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations


FIRST DEATH IN NOVA SCOTIA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cold, cold parlor / my mother laid out arthur
Subject(s): Death; Nova Scotia; Dead, The


FIRST DEATH IN NOVA SCOTIA       
First Line: In the cold, cold parlor %my mother laid out arthur
Last Line: With his eyes shut up so tight %and the roads deep in snow?
Subject(s): Death; Nova Scotia


FISH       
First Line: I caught a tremendous fish
Last Line: And I let the fish go
Subject(s): Environment; Fishing And Fishermen; Sea; Sports


FLORIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: The state with the prettiest name
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


FLORIDA       
First Line: The state with the prettiest name
Last Line: Whimpers and speaks in the throat %of the indian princess
Subject(s): Americans; United States


FLORIDA DESERTA       
First Line: Oh summer clouds that come so low, come down
Last Line: Restore to every sun-bleached, spectral brain %its coldest blue and green


FOR C.W.B       
First Line: Let us live in a lull of the long winter winds
Last Line: And eat them for tea from two lily-white bowls


FROM THE COUNTRY TO THE CITY       
First Line: The long, long legs
Last Line: We bring a message from the long black length of body: %'subside,' it begs and begs


FROM TROLLOPE'S JOURNAL       
First Line: As far as statues go, so far there's not


GENTLEMAN OF SHALOTT       
First Line: Which eye's his eye?


GOING TO THE BAKERY       
First Line: Instead of gazing at the sea


HOUSE GUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The sad seamstress
Last Line: An our hems crooked forever?
Subject(s): Seamstresses


HOUSE GUEST       
First Line: The sad seamstress
Last Line: And our fates will be like hers, %and our hems crooked forever?
Subject(s): Seamstresses


IMAGINARY ICEBERG       
First Line: We'd rather have the iceberg than the ship
Last Line: To see them so: fleshed, fair, erected indivisible


IN THE WAITING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: In worcester, massachusetts, / I went with aunt consuelo
Subject(s): Aunts; Children; Dentists; Imagination; Labor & Laborers; Pain; World War I; Childhood; Fancy; Work; Workers; Suffering; Misery; First World War


IN THE WAITING ROOM       
First Line: In worcester, massachusetts, %I went with aunt consuelo
Last Line: And it was still the fifth %of february, 1918
Subject(s): Aunts; Children; Dentists; Imagination; Labor And Laborers; Pain; World War I


INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon in the bureau mirror
Subject(s): Love


INSOMNIA       
First Line: The moon in the bureau mirror
Last Line: Is now deep, and you love me
Subject(s): Love


INVITATION TO MISS MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text    
First Line: From brooklyn, over the brooklyn bridge, on this fine morning
Subject(s): Americans; Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); United States; America


INVITATION TO MISS MARIANNE MOORE       
First Line: From brooklyn, over the brooklyn bridge, on this fine morning
Last Line: Please come flying
Subject(s): Americans; Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); United States


IT IS MARVELLOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is marvellous to wake up together
Last Line: Change as our kisses are changing without our thinking
Subject(s): Love; Morning


IT IS MARVELLOUS       
First Line: It is marvellous to wake up together
Last Line: Change as our kisses are changing without our thinking
Subject(s): Love; Morning


JERONIMO'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: My house, my fairy / palace, is
Last Line: Glued with spit
Subject(s): Houses


JERONIMO'S HOUSE       
First Line: My house, my fairy %palace, is
Last Line: My shelter from %the hurricane
Subject(s): Houses


LARGE BAD PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Remembering the strait of belle isle or
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


LARGE BAD PICTURE       
First Line: Remembering the strait of belle isle or
Last Line: It would be hard to say what brought them there, %commerce or contemplation
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


LATE AIR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From a magician's midnight sleeve
Last Line: Burn quietly, where the dew cannot climb
Subject(s): Love


LATE AIR       
First Line: From a magician's midnight sleeve
Last Line: Burning quietly, where the dew cannot climb
Subject(s): Love


LESSON 10    Poem Text    
First Line: What is a map?
Last Line: Southeast? In the northeast? In the southwest?
Variant Title(s): Simplicity [and Sweet Neglect]
Subject(s): Maps; Nature


LESSON 10       
First Line: What is a map?
Last Line: In the southeast? In the northeast? %in the southwest?
Variant Title(s): Simplicity [and Sweet Neglect
Subject(s): Nature


LESSON 6       
First Line: What is geography?
Subject(s): Geography


LESSON 6       
First Line: What is geography?
Last Line: Of what is the earth's surface composed? %land and water
Subject(s): Nature


LESSON VI       
First Line: What is geography? %a description of the earth's surface
Last Line: Of what is the earth's surface composed? %land and water
Subject(s): Nature


LETTER TO N.Y.    Poem Text    
First Line: In your next letter I wish you'd say
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Youth; Work; Workers


LETTER TO N.Y.       
First Line: In your next letter I wish you'd say
Last Line: What are you doing and where you are going
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Youth


LINES WRITTEN IN THE FANNIE FARMER COOKBOOK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: You won't become a gourmet* cook
Subject(s): Cookbooks


LITTLE EXERCISE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
Subject(s): Mangroves; Storms


LITTLE EXERCISE       
First Line: Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
Last Line: Think of him as uninjured, barely disturbed
Subject(s): Mangroves; Storms


LOVE LIES SLEEPING       
First Line: Earliest morning, switching all the tracks


LULLABY FOR THE CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Minnow, go to sleep and dream
Last Line: Sleep, and let them come
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LULLABY FOR THE CAT       
First Line: Minnow, go to sleep and dream
Last Line: Sleep, and let them come
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


MAN-MOTH       
First Line: Here, above, %cracks in the buildings are filled with battered moonlight
Last Line: Cool as from underground springs and pure enough to drink
Subject(s): Animals; Human Rights


MANNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandfather said to me
Subject(s): Etiquette; Grandparents; Manners; Courtesy; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


MANNERS       
First Line: My grandfather said to me
Last Line: So we all got down and walked, %as our good manners required
Subject(s): Etiquette; Grandparents


MANUELZINHO       
First Line: Half squatter, half tenant (no rent
Last Line: Again I promise to try


MAP       
First Line: Land lies in water; it is shadowed green
Last Line: More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colors


MIRACLE FOR BREAKFAST       
First Line: At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee
Last Line: A window across the river caught the sun %as if the miracle were working, on the wrong balcony


MONUMENT       
First Line: Now can you see the monument? It is of wood
Last Line: A piece of sculpture, or poem, or monument, %and all of wood. Watch it closely


MOOSE       
First Line: From narrow provinces %of fish and bread and tea
Last Line: Then there's a dim %smell of moose, an acrid %smell of gasoline
Subject(s): Moose


NORTH HAVEN       
First Line: I can make out the rigging of a schooner
Last Line: The words won't change again. Sad friend, you cannot change


O BREATH       
First Line: Beneath that loved and celebrated breast


ONE ART    Poem Text    
First Line: The art of losing isn't hard to master
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Mourning; Bereavement


ONE ART       
First Line: The art of losing isn't hard to master
Last Line: Though it may look like (write it!) like disaster
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Mourning


OVER 2,000 ILLUSTRATIONS AND A COMPLETE CONCORDANCE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Thus should have been our travels
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


OVER 2000 ILLUSTRATIONS AND A COMPLETE CONCORDANCE       
First Line: Thus should have been our travels
Last Line: And looked and looked our infant sight away


PARIS, 7 A.M.       
First Line: I make a trip to each clock in the apartment


PINK DOG (RIO DE JANEIRO)    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is blazing and the sky is blue
Subject(s): Animals; Carnivals; Dogs; Rio De Janeiro


PINK DOG (RIO DE JANEIRO)       
First Line: The sun is blazing and the sky is blue
Last Line: Dress up! Dress up and dance at carnival!
Subject(s): Animals; Carnivals; Dogs; Rio De Janeiro


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: About the size of an old-style dollar bill
Subject(s): Nova Scotia


POEM       
First Line: About the size of an old-style dollar bill
Last Line: The yet-to-be-dismantled elms, the geese
Subject(s): Nova Scotia


PRODIGAL       
First Line: The brown enormous odor he lived by
Last Line: But it took him a long time %finally to make his mind up to go home
Variant Title(s): The Prodigal: The Brown Enormous Odor He Lived B
Subject(s): Prodigal Son; Smells


PRODIGAL: BUT EVENINGS THE FIRST STAR CAME TO WARN.       
First Line: But evenings the first star came to warn.
Last Line: Finally to make his mind up to go home.


QUAI D'ORLEANS       
First Line: Each barge on the river easily tows


QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams
Subject(s): Rivers; Travel; Journeys; Trips


QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL       
First Line: There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams
Last Line: And here, or there -- no. Should we have stayed at home, %wherever that may be?
Subject(s): Rivers; Travel


RAIN TOWARDS MORNING       
First Line: The great light cage has broken up in the air


REPRIMAND       
First Line: If you taste too often, inquisitive tongue


RIVERMAN       
First Line: I got up in the night
Last Line: The dolphin singled me out; %luandinha seconded it
Subject(s): Brazil; Dolphins; Witchcraft And Witches


ROOSTERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At four o'clock / in the gun-metal blue dark
Subject(s): Roosters; Cocks


ROOSTERS       
First Line: At four o'clock %in the gun-metal blue dark
Last Line: Faithful as enemy, or friend
Subject(s): Roosters


SALEM WILLOWS       
First Line: Oh, salem willows, %where I rode a golden lion
Last Line: And aunt maud sat and knitted %and knitted, waiting for me


SANDPIPER    Poem Text    
First Line: The roaring alongside he takes for granted
Subject(s): Birds; Sandpipers


SANDPIPER       
First Line: The roaring alongside he takes for granted
Last Line: The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray, %mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst
Subject(s): Birds; Sandpipers


SEASCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: This celestial seascape, with white herons got up as angels
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEASCAPE       
First Line: This celestial seascape, with white herons got up as angels
Last Line: And when it gets dark he will remember something %strongly worded to say on the subject
Subject(s): Sea


SESTINA    Poem Text    
First Line: September rain falls on the house
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


SESTINA       
First Line: September rain falls on the house
Last Line: The grandmother sings to the marvellous stove %and the child draws another inscrutable house
Subject(s): Family Life


SHAMPOO       
First Line: The still explosions on the rocks
Last Line: Battered and shiny like the moon


SLEEPING ON THE CEILING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is so peaceful on the ceiling
Subject(s): Sleep


SLEEPING ON THE CEILING       
First Line: It is so peaceful on the ceiling
Last Line: But oh, that we could sleep up there
Subject(s): Sleep


SLEEPING STANDING UP       
First Line: As we lie down to sleep the world turns half away


SOME DREAMS THEY FORGOT       
First Line: The dead birds fell, but no one had seen them fly


SONG       
First Line: Summer is over upon the sea


SONG FOR THE RAINY SEASON       
First Line: Hidden, oh hidden %in the high fog
Last Line: Waterfalls shrivel %in the steady sun


SONGS FOR A COLORED SINGER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A washing hangs upon the line
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music


SONGS FOR A COLORED SINGER       
First Line: A washing hangs upon the line
Last Line: For this occasion's all his fault, %the time has come to call a halt
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music


SONNET        Recitation


SONNET       
First Line: Caught-the bubble %in the spirit-level
Last Line: Flying wherever %it feels like, gay!


SONNET       
First Line: I am in need of music that would flow
Last Line: Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep


SQUATTER'S CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: On the unbreathing sides of hills
Last Line: Your rights in rooms of falling rain
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


SQUATTER'S CHILDREN       
First Line: On the unbreathing sides of hills
Last Line: Its soggy documents retain %your rights in rooms of falling rain
Subject(s): Children


STREET BY THE CEMETERY       
First Line: The people on little verandahs in the moonlight %are looking at the graveyard
Last Line: Floating in a cluster %in the dirty harbor


SUICIDE OF A MODERATE DICTATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a day when truths will out, perhaps


SUICIDE OF A MODERATE DICTATOR       
First Line: This is a day when truths will out, perhaps
Last Line: Segmented rainbow steadily hung above it. %at eight two little boys were flying kites


SUMMER'S DREAM       
First Line: To the sagging wharf


SUNDAY, 4 A.M.       
First Line: An endless and flooded


THE ARMADILLO; FOR ROBERT LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the time of year
Subject(s): Animals; Armadillos; Birds; Brazil; Owls; Brazilians


THE BIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: At low tide like this how sheer the water is
Subject(s): Nature; Wharves; Piers


THE BURGLAR OF BABYLON    Poem Text    
First Line: On the fair green hills of rio
Subject(s): Burglars; Crime & Criminals; Rio De Janeiro


THE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: I caught a tremendous fish
Subject(s): Environment; Fish & Fishing; Sea; Sports; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Anglers; Ocean


THE MAN-MOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, above, / cracks in the buildings are filled with battered moonlight
Subject(s): Animals; Human Rights


THE MOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: From narrow provinces / of fish and bread and tea
Subject(s): Moose


THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: At evening, something behind me
Subject(s): Aging


THE PRODIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The brown enormous odor he lived by
Variant Title(s): The Prodigal: The Brown Enormous Odor He Lived By
Subject(s): Prodigal Son; Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


THE RIVERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I got up in the night
Last Line: Luandinah seconded it
Subject(s): Brazil; Dolphins; Witchcraft & Witches; Brazilians; Porpoises


THE WEED    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that dead, and meditating
Last Line: For a year, a minute, an hour
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THREE VALENTINES       
First Line: Love with his gilded bow and crystal arrows


TROUVEE       
First Line: Oh, why should a hen


TWELFTH MORNING; OR WHAT YOU WILL       
First Line: Like a first coat of whitewash when it's wet
Last Line: The day of kings'


UNBELIEVER       
First Line: He sleeps on the top of a mast
Last Line: It is as hard as diamonds; it wants to destroy us all


UNDER THE WINDOW: OURO PRETO    Poem Text    
First Line: The conversations are simple: about food
Last Line: A fountain, where all the world sgill stops
Subject(s): Food & Eating


UNDER THE WINDOW: OURO PRETO       
First Line: The conversations are simple: about food
Last Line: Like tatters of the morpho butterfly
Subject(s): Food And Eating


VAGUE POEM       
First Line: The trip west %I think I dreamed that trip
Last Line: Exacting roses from the body %and the even darker, accurate, rose of sex


VARICK STREET    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At night the factories
Last Line: Sell you, of course, my dear, and you'll sell me
Subject(s): Modern Man; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


VARICK STREET       
First Line: At night the factories
Subject(s): Modern Man; New York City


VIEW OF THE CAPITOL FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS       
First Line: Moving from left to left, the light


VISITS TO ST. ELIZABETHS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the house of bedlam
Last Line: That lies in the house of bedlam
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


VISITS TO ST. ELIZABETHS       
First Line: This is the house of bedlam
Last Line: That lies in the house of bedlam
Subject(s): Insanity


WADING AT WELLFLEET       
First Line: In one of the assyrian wars


WEED       
First Line: I dreamed that dead, and meditating
Last Line: And answered then: 'I grow it,' it said, %'but to divide your heart again'
Subject(s): Dreams


WHILE SOMEONE TELEPHONES       
First Line: Wasted, wasted minutes that couldn't be worse
Last Line: Might they not be his green gay eyes


WIT       
First Line: Wait. Let me think a minute,' you said