Bishop in Brazil
Saturday, May 22, 2004
In November 1951, the American poet Elizabeth Bishop was 40, and already one of America’s most important poets. But she was lonely, drank a lot, and was often ill from asthma. So she booked a voyage to Brazil, and there she met the love of her life and the home of her dreams. For the next sixteen years, Bishop lived in a mountaintop villa that was the setting, and subject, of some of her greatest poetry — both joyful and dark. Produced by Pamela Renner.