103* Elizabeth Bradfield in Dark Times (JP)

For the RtB Books in Dark Times series back in 2021, John spoke with Elizabeth Bradfied, editor of Broadsided Press, poet, professor of creative writing at Brandeis, naturalist, photographer.

Her books include Interpretive WorkApproaching IceOnce Removedand Toward Antarctica. She lives on Cape Cod, travels north every summer to guide people into Arctic climes, birdwatches.

Liz is in and of and for our whole natural world. Did poetry sustain her through the darkest hours of the pandemic? What about other sources of inspiration?

Mentioned in the episode:

Eavand Boland, “Quarantine” (from Against Love Poetry; read her NY Times obituary here)

Maeve Binchy, “Circle of Friends

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology

Louise Gluck Averno and Wild Iris

Brian Teare, Doomstead Days

Derek Walcott, “Omeros

W. S. Merwin, “The Folding Cliffs”

Natasha Trethewey, “Belloqc’s Ophelia

Yeats, “We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

Nest, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds (Princeton Field Guides)

Trixie Belden

Shel Silverstein

Lois Lowry, “The Giver

Liz equates poetry and Tetris

Leanne Simpson, “This Accident of Being Lost

Elizabeth Bradfield, “We all want to see a mammal

Listen to the episode here.

And read Here:

Author: plotznik

I teach English (mainly the novel and Victorian literature) at Brandeis University, and live in Brookline.

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