Elizabeth Bishop was asked in an interview in 1978 (the year before her death at age 68), "Do you start a lot of poems and finish very few?" To which Bishop answered, "Yes. Alas, yes. I begin lots of things and then I give up on them ..." Bishop's claim might seem surprising, given the sheer vital clarity and imaginative precision of her work, typified by now-canonical poems such as "In the Waiting Room," "Questions of Travel" and "One Art."But Bishop was not exaggerating. Though she published only 80 poems in books and journals during her five decades-long career ("The Complete Poems" clocks in at 116), her notebooks, journals and letters -- 3,500 pages housed at the department of special collections at Vassar College, Bishop's alma mater -- reveal a dazzling store of orphaned poems [...]
Primary Stages, in association with Mahega Productions, will present the final production of its 2005-2006 season, the New York Premiere of A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, by Marta Góes, featuring the OBIE winning and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated actress Amy Irving.With direction by Richard Jay-Alexander, the show's preview performances are set to begin 7PM Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street between Park & Madison Avenues) for a limited run through April 30, 2006. Opening night is Thursday evening, March 30, 2006 at 7:00PM. [...]
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