[from three reviews of the recently published Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2008]
Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker:
"No poet is obsessed with craft per se; craft is just a name for the
mechanics of immortality. . . . what makes these letters so
fascinating is their hawk’s eye on immortality, even in the midst
of lives lived fully, often sloppily."
William Logan in The New York Times:
"It’s so rare for a writer to find the perfect sympathetic
intelligence, we think sadly of Melville and Hawthorne, Coleridge
and Wordsworth, whose hothouse friendships came to grief,
in part because of the fatal attunement of their imaginations"
Ron Silliman on his blog:
"I don’t recall anything like this for the letters betwixt Robert
Duncan & Denise Levertov, two other authors of approximately the
same generation and at least the same stature as poets."
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell