On December 1, 2016 Suzie LeBlanc, Robert Kortgaard, and the Blue Engine String Quartet will bring a musical tribute to Elizabeth Bishop to our stage, entitled “A Pocket of Time”.
Born in 1911 in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Bishop spent 68 years on this earth and had a large impact on American poetry. Her childhood was one of upheaval. Her father died when she was less than a year old. Her mother was mentally ill and eventually institutionalized. Elizabeth went to live in Nova Scotia with her maternal grandparents at first but was later taken by her paternal grandparents to live with them in Worcester, Massachusetts. Unhappy there, she was eventually sent to live with her aunt in Revere, Massachusetts. It was her aunt Maud who introduced her to the works of many Victorian poets.
As a young woman, she came into her inheritance from her father. It was enough to allow her to travel cheaply without worrying about regular employment.
Elizabeth Bishop did not have what is considered a large output of poetry. She was honoured with many literary awards during her life time, including a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
As with many artists, her life experiences were part of her art. However, she wrote from a more objective and distant point of view and often you would not know she was writing about something personally connected to her. Her poetry was influenced in part by her childhood experiences, her mentors and friends in college, her life and relationship in Brazil – where she went for a two-week trip and ended up staying 14 years.
You can find out much more about Elizabeth Bishop on this website – http://elizabethbishopcentenary.blogspot.ca/
Join us on December 1, 2016 for the musical tribute “A Pocket of Time” – http://music-toronto.com/quartets/suzi_leblanc.htm