Monthly Archives June 2011

Gifts

“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. Her problem is to find that location.” - Flannery O’Connor It’s been a busy few weeks of writing/rewriting, a couple of projects on the go. What I’d like to know is this: How it is that while immersed in writing a children’s story that takes place in a certain place and time,
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Bishop Article

“No-one hears it; it hangs there forever, a slight stain in those pure blue skies, skies that travellers compare to those of Switzerland…” - Elizabeth Bishop (“In the Village”) While at the Elizabeth Bishop House on a recent writing retreat, I had the pleasure of company for a few hours . Sandra Barry and Lois Legge, a reporter for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, arrived one morning for a
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Symposium

“I’d hate to see that evening sun go down…” - W.C. Handy, “Saint Louis Blues” Elizabeth Bishop used the above excerpt from a blues tune to teach her students iambic pentameter. How cool is that? I learned this and a whole lot else at a symposium held in Halifax last weekend, It Must Be Nova Scotia: Negotiating Place in the Writings of Elizabeth Bishop. It was a whirlwind three days of papers delivered
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Retreat Impressions

“I haven’t been able to work at all, so spend most of my time very pleasantly sitting on my balcony blowing bubbles.” - Elizabeth Bishop, letter to Robert Lowell while at Yaddo Well, I didn’t exactly sit on the balcony blowing bubbles, but of course I worried at the end of my retreat at the Elizabeth Bishop House that I hadn’t made proper use of my time. Then I
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