“Helplessly lyrical till death did them part, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell wrote so many wonderful letters and postcards to each other from 1947 through 1977 that it’s amazing they ever found the time to publish their poetry." Words in Air," edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton, is their complete correspondence, 800 pages of epigrams and gossips, anxieties and epiphanies, logrolling and backbiting.” —John Leonard, "Harper’s"“Their surviving 459 letters . . . give us the closest view of these wounded creatures—his muscular, bull-in-a-china-shop intellect; her pained shyness and abject modesty, and a gaze like the gleam off a knife . . . The pleasures of this remarkable correspondence lie in the untiring way these poets entertained each other with the comic inadequacies of the world.” —William Logan, "The New York Times""" “I just can’t praise "Words in Air" enough. As Lowell and Bishop’s fri
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell - edited by Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton - is an extraordinary and vivid portrait of two artists and their remarkable friendship, and a record of the lives of two hugely influential poets.