Books: The Passing Strange

QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL by Elizabeth Bishop. 95 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $3.95.

"And some there are who wander the world looking for what is like unto themselves," old André Gide once mused. "But there are others, and I am one of these, who seek above all strangeness in things." Poet Elizabeth Bishop is another one of these. For more than 30 years, she has wandered the five continents in search of the intractable, in search of a beauty unbefriending and the poetry of the passing strange. Travel is her profession, and her art...

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