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By Elizabeth Bishop | Comments: ( 191 ) | Date: ( Feb 20, 2020 )

Whether writing about waiting as a child in a dentist s office, viewing a city from a plane high above, or losing items ranging from door keys to one s lover in the masterfully restrained One Art, Elizabeth Bishop somehow conveyed both large and small emotional truths in language of stunning exactitude and even astonishing resonance As John Ashbery has written, ThWhether writing about waiting as a child in a dentist s office, viewing a city from a plane high above, or losing items ranging from door keys to one s lover in the masterfully restrained One Art, Elizabeth Bishop somehow conveyed both large and small emotional truths in language of stunning exactitude and even astonishing resonance As John Ashbery has written, The private self melts imperceptibly into the large utterance, the grandeur of poetry, which, because it remains rooted in everyday particulars, never sounds grand, but is as quietly convincing as everyday speech.


  • Title: Geography III: Poems
  • Author: Elizabeth Bishop
  • ISBN: 9780374530655
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback

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Elizabeth Bishop

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and writer from Worcester, Massachusetts She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970 She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.



Comments Geography III: Poems

  • Douglas

    Georgraphy III won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 1976. Several poems in this collection have been widely anthologized, and rightly so. In her most famous poem, “In the Waiting Room”, Bishop remembers when she was a young child waiting for her aunt to finish a dental appointment. She starts looking through a National Geographic magazine and sees the striking images of life on earth – the inside of a volcano, an American adventure couple donned in riding boots and helm [...]


  • Matthieu

    Worcester dentists: wait for your aunt Consuelo, sit and wait for her, there is snow outside, it was winter, it got dark early, the waiting room was full of grown-up people, there is snow covering your blankets, arctics and overcoats in your dreams, lamps and magazines; she was inside for such a long time, you are concerned, distracted, the world is spread out, materially spread out, entirely accessible to your hands; you read National Geographic, you can read, you study the photographs: the int [...]


  • Matthew

    This may be a short collection, containing only ten poems, but what a marvelous imagination! The ten poems are "In the Waiting Room", "Crusoe in England", "Night City", "The Moose", "12 O'Clock News", "Poem", "One Art", "The End of March", "Objects & Apparitions", and "Five Flights Up". The poems may be few, but their subjects are many. Indeed, the poet's imagination is vast in scope, and yet controlled in its actualization. The poet writes about personal islands (in "Crusoe in England") and [...]


  • Sarah Anne

    4.5 stars rounded up because I loved how incredibly vivid her descriptions were. The Moose was definitely the best :)


  • Wayne

    SECOND REVIEW and REREAD - 2014Have just added two new shelves to this poetry gem - Memoirs-biography and Movie-Seen-As-Well. "Reaching For The Moon", the film of Elizabeth Bishop's meeting with the architect Lota de Macedo in Brazil just released here in Sydney last week.And that makes for a Capital Reason to reread this Favourite; and hopefully lead onto her Collected Works for at least SOME dipping ! FIRST REVIEW and REREAD - 2008.A little unexpected gem sent to me in 1983 for Xmas by my supe [...]


  • David

    Who knows why, but I decided to do one of those challenges, and picked 37 (20 + 17) for my total. So now is worried that I am falling behind schedule, and I thought 'Hey, it's poetry month, I'll read a slim volume of verse or two, and GR's algorithm will be reassured.' The library is right across the street, and I figured they'd have a poetry month display, and they did not disappoint. So that's how I came to read this book at this moment. And now I can join in the general chorus of admiration [...]


  • Haines Eason

    Bishop here masters the beguiling nature of time near and time far, and she does so on the wings of epiphanies past and in medias res. A humorous and yet deeply sad book where we somehow can feel our way past her usual armor. More than a classic.


  • Justin Evans

    My feelings are bit skewed, I think, since i read the first half of the book a few weeks ago, and just finished the second half. 'In the Waiting Room' is great, no doubt about it, and Crusoe in England too. The rest of the book? Meh. I suspect that all the deep interpretations of these poems are more about the reader than the poet, and to be honest, whatever it is that I go to poetry for, Bishop doesn't give it to me. The poems are very pretty, no doubt, and have intellectual heft. I'm not sure [...]


  • Jenna

    It took me a long time to warm up to Elizabeth Bishop, mainly because her style of poetry is so emphatically not-warm and impersonal and seemingly dispassionate. Over the years, I've come to appreciate that there *is* a kind of cold, slow, subtle beauty inherent in the very meticulousness of her descriptions. And I do wish I had her profound sense of place. Still, I wonder if I'll always prefer poets who pack a stronger emotional punchpoets whose poems burn and rage like wildfirespoets who speak [...]


  • Pete

    the moose/bus ride onethe crusoe in england onethe one art onehuman geography perfected through sidelong glances. i dunno just one of those books that walked up and did the "got your nose" thing at exactly the right time. this book has my nose.


  • Pamela

    This is the touchstone.


  • John Pistelli

    Like so many poets, Bishop is someone I know only through anthology pieces, so I thought a whole collection would be in order. And Geography III, short as it is—50 pages of large print and enormous margins—demands to be read as a collection.In my review of DeLillo's Libra, I noted the 20th-century tendency among novelists and poets to "[warn] against the dream of absolute knowledge"—Bishop contributes masterfully to this tradition, every element of this, her final book, participating in it [...]


  • Hannah

    I liked how no-nonsense the poems in this collection were. They felt a bit like a wise relative telling stories and passing on knowledge. They also were playful at times, at other times wondering, mysterious. I loved the lion-sun in The End of March; the rambling journey of The Moose; the sinister quality to Night City. And of course In the Waiting Room and One Art were brilliant.


  • Paige

    I felt this began and ended strong, but I felt a little lost in the middle. I might just have to give a second read to let some of the other poems resonate. But for the sake of my favorite pieces "In the Waiting Room" and "One Art," I recommend reading this short collection. It's very cohesive as a whole.


  • Caroline

    These long poems are rife with allusions and meanings that are hard to understand at first glance, but are worth the rereads and the time taken to understand. Bishop is strong in her free verse, excellent in her imagery, and divine in her recounting of childhood insight and memory. The poems are rather long, but there are only a few of them so you can dedicate time to each. Some are still confusing , no matter how you look at them, but hold a strong beauty to their sound that I can forgive them. [...]


  • Alexa Williams

    While this isn't the first time I've read this, it's just as good as I remember. Definitely one of my favorite books of poetry.


  • Jeanette

    A beautiful, inspiring book of poetry!


  • Joanne H.

    The art of losing isn't hard to master


  • Ata

    absolutely flawless. i don't think i'm the same me after reading this volume


  • Noel

    Any book of poetry that I actually get through deserves five stars.


  • Christopher

    Geography III was the last collection that American poet Elizabeth Bishop published during her lifetime. Farrar, Straus and Giroux still publishes this individually, but Bishop's total output was fairly small and you might be better off getting Geography III as part of a "complete works". I, for example, encountered it in the Library of America volume of poems, prose, and letters.When these poems were written (Geography III was published in 1977), Bishop was already in her sixties. The first poe [...]


  • Maggie

    I had bought this for a literature course in college, but we never ended up using it, so it's been sitting quietly on a shelf for years, waiting patiently for me to remember its existence. And I am so glad I finally did because now I can say I love Bishop's poetryI would definitely like to read more of her work. She takes everyday, seemingly mundane observations and subtly carves them into lively and even fantastical scenes. She has a concise style that I appreciate, and there's quite a bit of d [...]


  • Valerie

    As part of my Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell reading preparation, I wanted to read some Elizabeth Bishop. I hadn't read very much of her writing. I finished Geography III: Poems very quickly. There were only ten poems in the whole book. It was 50 pages, but the print was huge. All of these poems were new to me. I have only read "The Fish" before.I liked her imagery, and it seemed to me like the poems were written slowly and quietly. None of t [...]


  • Helen

    Elizabeth Bishop's poem In the Waiting Room is one of my favorite poems. The little six year old girl alone in a waiting room at the dentist's office, not for her own appointment but for her aunt's, reading the National Geographic with "those awful hanging breasts". How all of these things come together and for the first time the child becomes not just self aware, but aware of how she is just one of many, is just awesome. I say all of this because it's the first poem in this collection. And the [...]


  • Jamie

    3.5 stars; gave it 4 because I like to think I'll come back to this collection in a few years and 'get' it. For poems like "In the Waiting Room," "The Moose," and "Crusoe in England," this would get a straight-up-on-the-rocks-5-star-rating. Much of the rest, though, was for me filler. And I find "One Art"--though not filler--certainly overrated (don't hurt me).Someone teach me how to like Bishop more. "In the Waiting Room" is one of my favorite poems ever, but damn, she and I have been off to a [...]


  • Paula

    I decided it was time to pull this off the shelf again. This is quite a short book to read, as it consists of only ten poems, but that doesn't make it any less worthy of a person's time. This particular collection leaves out some of Bishop's most famous poems ("The Fish," "Sestina"), but includes some of her most profound ("One Art," "The Moose"). The idea is that these poems are global, as they range from that unknown island in "Robinson Crusoe" all the way up to Canada in "The Moose" and back [...]


  • Sherry Chandler

    Recently Leatha Kendrick mentioned that Elizabeth Bishop's Geography III was a seminal work of modern poetry.I've read Bishop sort of here and there, the biggies: "One Art," "The Moose," "In the Waiting Room" (all three of which are in Geography III). And I recently bought a copy of her complete poems. But a collected is a different critter from a collection. So -- because I was going off on this residency in hopes immersing myself in poetry for a week -- of writing poetry of my own -- I thought [...]


  • Chris

    A collection of poems I like but don't love. "In the Waiting Room" is my favorite of the bunch, but her translation of Octavio Paz' poem for Joseph Cornell titled "Objects & Apparitions" is not far behind. Something about her Crusoe poem keeps me coming back, but at times the poems, no matter how well crafted, fail for me. The "12 O'Clock News" proem--in which she imagines her desktop through the eyes of a tinytinytiny person--is strained and too damn cheeky, and "The End of March" (a "rumin [...]


  • alyssa carver

    yes, yes, yes, please!i don't know how i missed reading this before, in college this is how books of poetry are supposed to be: bite-sized. for pleasure (rather than study, i mean) i only want to read poems in the small packages or collections as they were intended by the author. like rich desserts, they can't be digested in a all-you-can-eat buffet-sized tome of So-And-So's Collected Works. (weirdly, at the library where i work, it was hard to find any smaller-sized Bishop collections.) or mayb [...]


  • Claudia

    Quién define la cultura? Debemos sentirnos atrapados en la ventana o es sólo nuestra perspectiva la que está encerrada? (In the Waiting Room). Cuáles son los espacios en blanco de los libros que debemos llenar, y cómo? (Crusoe in England)Estas son algunas de las preguntas que este libro nos brinda en forma brillante. Who defines culture? Should we feel trapped in a window or is our perspective the one that is frame? (In the Waiting Room). Which are the blanks that we might fill in the books [...]


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