In the spring of 1934, when she was twenty-three, a nervous and intimidated Elizabeth Bishop took a train into New York to meet the celebrated modernist poet and critic Marianne Moore outside the reading room of the New York Public Library.
‘She was forty-seven, an age which seemed very old to me then,’ Bishop later recalled. ‘I sat down and she began to talk. It seems to me that Marianne talked steadily to me for the next thirty-five years.’
This show tells the story of a brilliant and enduring friendship between two women who happened to be writers of genius, and examines the profoundly complex question of poetic influence.