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Book Notes: A conversation about the poet Elizabeth Bishop

Book Notes is taking a brief summer break, but meanwhile, of course, the life of the library continues in all its richness. As you know from the June Book Notes, on Sunday, July 10, Professor Stuart Vyse discussed his new book “The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational To Be Rational” and on Sunday, Aug. 14, Professor Jonathan Post will talk about the life and work of the 20th century American poet Elizabeth Bishop. His book, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Very Short Introduction,” was published in June by Oxford University Press. In anticipation of this event and to provide background, here is the full text of the conversation I had with Jonathan Post back in February to celebrate Bishop’s birthday month. Due to space limitations only an edited version appeared at the time.

Mental Health Advocate Elizabeth Bishop Davis Trussell ’41

The psychoanalyst and professor created the foundations for community-based mental health services and education in Harlem. #BarnardCelebratesBlackHistory #BarnardYearOfScience. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced that the theme for this year’s Black History Month, honored and celebrated every February, is Black Health and Wellness....
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Voices in praise of poet and Worcester native Elizabeth Bishop at Hope Cemetery ceremony

WORCESTER - A flock of Canada geese added their voices, as poetry enthusiasts read works from renowned poet, painter, memoirist and short story writer, Worcester’s own Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) by her grave at Hope Cemetery on what would be her 111th birthday on Tuesday. The event was hosted by the Worcester County Poetry Association and Mapping Poetry in Worcester. This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Voices in praise of poet and Worcester native Elizabeth Bishop at Hope Cemetery ceremony
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Book Notes: Celebrating Elizabeth Bishop and a conversation with Jonathan Post

Elizabeth Bishop is among the finest American lyric poets of the second half of the 20th century. She was adored (not too big a word) by her contemporaries Robert Lowell and James Merrill, her work was revered by John Ashbery and Seamus Heaney, also her contemporaries, and her genius was early recognized by fellow poets such as Marianne Moore and Randall Jarrell.

Annual Elizabeth Bishop lecture features award-winning poet Mary Ruefle

Insofar as I’ve experienced it, college combines two types of genuine learning: either people won’t tell you what you’re supposed to know so you have to get it yourself, or you learn from people older than you and all you can do is bow down and be thankful. Mary Ruefle’s lecture on Wednesday typified the latter. As Bard Writer in Residence Jenny Offill worded it to me in an email, “Whenever I am having trouble writing (which is often) I reread Mary Ruefle. Her work is always surprising, funny and beautifully strange. It jumpstarts the writing part of my brain again. It was a thrill to finally hear her read in person.”