There's lots of writing on the web about Elizabeth Bishop, needless to say - but I want to draw your attention to an amusing and enlightening interview with her done by my old mentor, George Starbuck, at the Ploughshares website. The Paris Review interviews get lots of attention, all deserved - but this one is warm and human, not so craft-of-writing, talk about which they both rather resisted. I think about George every day. Happily, his wife Kathryn is a wonderful poet (whom I've been lucky to help publish in Poetry and Harvard Review) - read about her here. (The similarity of our books' titles is an utterly amazing coincidence, as both were were assembled at the same time.)
GS: Do you approve of all the creative writing classes?
GS: ... all the critics are poets and all the poets are critics, but if there’s a difference I believe in, it’s that, as personalities, critics tend to be more focused on mere literature.