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Filling Station

Filling Station


by Elizabeth Bishop

Filling Station Resources


Poet to Poet

Contemporary poet Katha Pollit writes about having Elizabeth Bishop as her teacher at Harvard, which was exactly as awesome as you think.

Writers' Retreat

Here's the scoop on Key West, where Bishop took refuge to write, rubbing elbows with Hemmingway, etc.

On "Filling Station"

Pipe-smoking profs wax poetic about Liz's poem.

Basic Bio

For the quick and dirty deets, look no further than Poets.org.


Bishop Scholar

Alice Quinn's audio slideshow about Bishop. And trust Shmoop: Ms. Quinn knows her stuff.



Archives of Bishop recordings from 1947. "Filling Station" begins around 16:46. The best part is she cracks up at the end.

Just the Station

Here's the same recording, edited down to the poem in question.


Brazilian Studio

Image of house and writing studio that Lota de Macedo Soares (Bishop's partner at the time) built for them. Looks like paradise to Shmoop.

Elizabeth Bishop

In black and white.


The Complete Poems: 1927-1979

Have at it, folks. Every Bishop ditty you ever wanted to read can be found right here.

One Art: Letters

Take it from Shmoop: Liz Bishop was as good a letter writer as she was a poet.

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