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February 04, 2009

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It's always fascinating to me how many artists cross-pollinate into other genres. Interesting, too, is your take on Bishop's competitiveness-masked-as-diffidence. If her painting is, after all, so awful, why send it? Neat post - thanks!

Thanks Laura--a friend just gave me the book "Words in Air" the complete correspondence between Bishop and Robert Lowell, so I imagine I'll learn even more about her as I make my way through all those letters.

I love EB's watercolors and when Exchanging Hats came out I reviewed it for a local newspaper. While doing so I researched poets who paint and like you Laura was fascinated by how many there are. I also spoke to Benton and he believed at the time that there were likely many more of her paintings out there. At a NYPL exhibit many years ago of poet's manuscripts, there was an EB letter that she had decorated with glitter, like something a 1st grader would do. It was charming. I used to have a line from one of the paintings stenciled in my kitchen: "May the future's happy hours / bring you beans and rice and flowers." Lovely! Thanks Amy

Very interesting...I wonder if any of the missing paintings will ever surface?

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