"The Voice of the Poet"

Listen to rare recordings of "The Fish," "In the Waiting Room" and "The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop.

Published November 27, 2001 9:00AM (EST)

This installment in the "Voice of the Poet" series -- a series comprising rare archival recordings, some never before released -- features the acclaimed Elizabeth Bishop.

Although she wrote less than many of her peers, the evident mastery of her poems secured for Elizabeth Bishop a leading position in American letters. Praised from the start for their descriptive surfaces -- their clarity, wittily observed details and tonal control -- Bishop's poems reveal dark, abiding mysteries.

Bishop mostly refused to allow recordings of her work. Still, the archives have yielded a rare and generous series of readings, released here for the first time. These recordings will enthrall her many fans and illuminate her poetry.

The audio production is accompanied by a book containing the text to the poems and a commentary by J.D. McClatchy.

Listen to Elizabeth Bishop read "The Fish," "In the Waiting Room" and "The Moose," courtesy of Random House Audio.

By Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

Related Topics ------------------------------------------