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date: 14 April 2021

Elizabeth Bishop 1911–79
American poet 

  1. The state with the prettiest name,
    the state that floats in brackish water,
    held together by mangrove roots.
     
    ‘Florida’ (1946)
  2. Topography displays no favourites; North's as near as West.
    More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colours.
     
    ‘The Map’ (1946)
  3. The armoured cars of dreams, contrived to let us do
    so many a dangerous thing.
     
    ‘Sleeping Standing Up’ (1946)