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Reading Bishop’s Love Poems & Valentines

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Image from vintage Valentine postcard, 1907

At our annual birthday bash at Elizabeth Bishop’s grave in Hope Cemetery, local poets will read aloud her sardonic valentines and tender, poignant love poems, mostly unpublished during her lifetime. Readers include Elizabeth Bacon, Clair Degutis, Judith Ferrara, Claire Mowbray Golding, Kate Gregoire, John Hodgen, Irena Kaci, Evan Plante, Eve Rifkah, Susan Rooney-O’Brien, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney — and Bishop herself! Refreshments will include birthday cake.

To get there, enter the cemetery’s main gate and continue on Curtis Avenue. Take your fourth left onto Beech Street (after Elm, Larch, and Bush), proceed for one block, and park. Bishop’s grave is behind the nearest tree on the left side of the road.

This event is sponsored by Mapping Worcester in Poetry. If you have any questions or wish to read a poem, please contact Kate or Beth. Until then, join us in pondering the “conundrum Love propounds” (Bishop, “Three Valentines”).


February 7
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Kate Gregoire and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney


E.Bishop Grave at Hope Cemetary
119 Webster St.
Worcester, MA 01603 United States
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