personal favorites / poetry collections… Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop (#1) … poem & reading

Elizabeth Bishop

Geography III

 
 
 
 
 
 
from “Poem”

The air is fresh and cold; cold early spring
clear as gray glass; a half inch of blue sky
below the steel-gray storm clouds.
(They were the artist’s specialty.)
A specklike bird is flying to the left.
Or is it a flyspeck looking like a bird?

Heavens, I recognize the place, I know it!
It’s behind-I can almost remember the farmer’s name.
His barn backed on that meadow. There it is,
titanium white, one dab. The hint of steeple,
filaments of brush-hairs, barely there,
must be the Presbyterian church.
Would that be Miss Gillespie’s house?
Those particular geese and cows
are naturally before my time.

 
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Bishop reading “The Moose”:

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 3, 2012.

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