To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love

Posted on 12 May 2011

My short story “To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love” appears in the current issue of Inkwell. Here’s Cirrus lounging around with his copy. And that book he’s sitting on? Elizabeth Bishop’s Geography III.

I’d like to point out that in our entire photo session, Cirrus never once tried to sit on the Inkwell issue. Either he knew I didn’t want my contributor copies to get messed up or he is just drawn to Bishop. Or maybe both. What can I say? I’ve taught him well: respect for literary journals and slavish devotion to Bishop.

“To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love” is an epistolary story about a woman who has a thing or two to share with the poet Elizabeth Bishop. First paragraph:

Dear Elizabeth,

I thought of you today for the first time in years. I was in the doctor’s waiting room. The woman sitting next to me was called to her appointment, and as she stood up to go, she dropped the magazine she had been reading on the table by my elbow. The moment I saw that yellow-bordered National Geographic I thought of you, Elizabeth, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It was like coming home after spending years away.

I wish Saucy showed as much respect for literature as Cirrus does, but alas:

Looks like this is perfect reading material for a lazy weekend afternoon:

What do you read on lazy afternoons? Why do I continue photographing Saucy with lit mags when she’s clearly disinterested? Isn’t Cirrus’s black and white border line just fantastic? What’s the last lit mag you read?


10 responses to To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love

  • Averil says:

    Good grief, Laura! How can we mere mortals keep up with you? Congratulations!

  • Teri says:

    Cirrus, you’re a sweetheart, and you know how to strike the purrfect pose. But I’m inviting that saucy Saucy over for troublemaking! This cat cracks me up.

    Congrats again, Laura. Like Averil said, it’s tough to keep up (in the best way). I’m lifting a glass of wine for you tomorrow night…

  • You are both really too kind. Things might look shiny over here, but I assure you I’m often staring out from a hole of frustration and failure. Nothing new for any writer, of course. Though I can’t complain that I might be giving you an excuse to have an extra glass of wine, Teri. :) Have a great weekend!

  • Margosita says:

    Woo! Congrats.

    And slavish devotion to Elizabeth Bishop? That I could get behind! ;)

  • Lyra says:

    I know you’ve seen this but for others who haven’t one of my favorite Paris Review Interviews:

    As for mags, we currently get Paris Review, NY Review of Books, Sonoma Review, and a misc. here and there.

  • Downith says:

    Congratulations (again!)

  • lisahgolden says:

    I love the tortie tail draped over the magazine. Those tortoiseshell cats have such a unique personality. Not big readers of lit. I hear they prefer scifi and pulp romances. Maybe that’s key to their longevity.

    Congratulations on the publication of your short story! I don’t read literary magazines. I read Cat Fancy. It shows, doesn’t it?

    I will be looking for The Inkwell online now to see about subscribing.

  • cougel says:

    Cirus is soo cute! I think you can never display too many pictures of a gorgeous animal (Not that this was the point of your post :)

  • Amy says:

    I love imagining you posing these pubs with your cats..and telling them “hold it..hold it…”
    (not that I wouldn’t do the same thing!)
    Congrats on these!

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