Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Mark Twain says it best, of course. But if one is not feeling quite so cavalier, below is Elizabeth Bishop on the subject. Before she begins her exacting and heart-tearing villanelle, you might want to look at the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal about the early demise of Bowen Press. Let's all remember that publishing well is the best revenge. Bowen Press will live on, though in what iteration, now known or hereinafter to be discovered, it remains to be seen. Wish us luck!

One Art
by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

--Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.


Nathan Bransford said...

Can't wait to see what comes next, and I know it will be great! And my best to everyone in the meantime.

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

"Let's all remember that publishing well is the best revenge."

Yes...and your revenge will be sweet. I wish you all the best.

David Macinnis Gill said...

"The very best thing in all this world that can befall a man is
to be born lucky."

Monica Edinger said...

I too await the next act with great anticipation and pleasure.

Colorado Writer said...

Best of luck!

Stacy DeKeyser said...

Best wishes for a quick and joyous return.

Linda Crotta Brennan said...

May you, like the phoenix, leap reborn from the ashes.
Linda C Brennan

beth said...

Good luck! I look forward to the future of Bowen Press, the reincarnation of a great imprint in some form in the future.

Liz B said...

I cannot wait to see what you do next.

Kiki Hamilton said...

Change is unsettling, unexpected change can be traumatic - I am confident that you and your team will turn change into triumph. Best wishes.

literaticat said...

Best of luck!

Christina Farley said...

All the best.

Jill Corcoran said...

Best of luck, Brenda.
The best is yet to come:)

Nandini said...

It isn't fair ...

Good luck, Brenda! Wishing you strength, success, and hippos by fed-ex!