“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 tour of the house and an interview. For the first time in weeks, the sun triumphed in a sky “too dark, too blue” (guess the Bishop reference*), so they and the camera crew were able to take full advantage of the house and the village in all its mid-spring glory. I’m always keen to hear Sandra talk about Bishop, so was happy to trail around behind them as she and Lois talked for hours.
The article appeared in the paper over the weekend. It’s a lovely piece, lyrically written – I like to think Ms Legge was inspired by Bishop’s writing. Dear Reader may read it here, and if you have four extra minutes, do have a look at the video.
(*”In the Village,” Bishop’s masterpiece autobiographical story.)