Joelle Biele on "Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker"

March 27, 2011

Joelle Biele discovered Elizabeth Bishop's poetry while she was a college student.  Biele was so impressed with Bishop's poetry that she edited a book called "Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence." Joelle Biele told Anne Strainchamps what happened to Bishop's poems when they were submitted to "The New Yorker."

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I thought Strainchamps incredulity over whether or not commas mattered to be extraordinary. Punctuation always matters a great deal, but especially in poetry. A poet is trying to construct a careful series of emotions, and every jot and tiddle changes it.

Garth Ennis, a very famous writer of comic books, says that he feels every single kind of punctuation has its own sound.

It's like being incredulous that taking out a word or two really matters. It's huge.

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