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Quotation by Elizabeth Bishop
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as quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed. by James Vinson (1980)
At the Fishhouses
First Death in Nova Scotia
In the Waiting Room
It is what we imagine knowledge to be:
dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free,
drawn from the cold hard mouth
of the world, derived from the rocky breasts
forever, flowing and drawn, and since
our knowledge is historical, flowing, and flown.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979), U.S. poet. At the Fishhouses (l. 78–83). . .
The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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