worthy or finished
. Yet her impact has been extraordinary.
has had unprecedented significance . . . for a younger generation of British poets.
, a leading US poet of the later twentieth century, published six volumes of poetry during her lifetime, of which several collect writing already published. Her prose included translations, essays, a travel book, and scintillating personal letters. Her fellow-poet
calculates her total output at fewer than a hundred poems, including prose poems, of which Bishop herself would have accepted by no means all as