Much of the day now I’ve spent registering the changing weather and reflecting on the life and writing of Elizabeth Bishop — long-time favourite poet of mine, too easily below the daily radar somehow.

It’s rare for me to take a break of any reasonable size in a day, so I surprised even myself when I told good friend Nancy that yes I would listen to the Radio 3 programme she’d forwarded to me on Bishop, and soon.

I’m glad I did. Presented by Lavinia Greenlaw, this 50 minute programme is a striking, acutely sensitive celebration of part of Bishop’s creative and physical geography, located in Great Village, Nova Scotia. Listen if you get the chance. I was completely gripped.

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