Sea Surface Full of Clouds

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That’s the radar image from Key West, shortly before 11:00 this morning. With possible rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches over the next 36 hours, strong easterly winds, and astronomically high new-moon tides, these are particularly good days for reading indoors. From Wallace Stevens, “The Sea Surface Full of Clouds”: “Good …Read More


Hurricane Ike; What would Elizabeth Bishop do?

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That’s Hurricane Ike at 7:45 this morning, as close as he’ll come to Key West. Elizabeth Bishop knew how to react to storm-events such as this. In her letters from Key West, she writes of “fringes of hurricanes,” and “a small tornado … nothing of any consequence.” She knew to play it safe, as well we should until Ike has certainly passed. In the untitled poem which follows, a twenty-something Elizabeth adumbrates the significant pleasures to be found indoors in such a storm:<