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le 24 juillet 2002
Elizabeth Bishop was a poet who sometimes waited years before completing a poem and submitting it for publication. Her perfectionism, when it came to her craft and to choosing just the right word, is evident as you read through each of her poems. They are all here, from her best known "The Fish" to other favorites like " The Man-Moth", "The Armadillo", "Sandpiper", "Sestina" (my favorite for its surreal imagery), "Crusoe In England", "The Moose" and "In the Waiting Room". Bishop's poetry is incredible because of her original metaphors and her amazing ability to describe a scene with remarkable vividness. Her poetry simply takes me to "another place".
This collection also includes a number of previously uncollected poems, poems written in Bishop's youth and translations of the work of several poets including Octavio Paz. This collection is truly a treasure of poetry from the greatest American female poet of the last century. I urge anyone with an interest in poetry to pick it up!