Elizabeth Bishop
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Elizabeth Bishop

Blanco, born to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in Miami, was drawn to Bishop's evocative poetry long before he moved to her beloved Maine. He returns often to one of the Pulitzer Prize winner's best poems, "The Moose" ("towering, antlerless, high as a church"). "Every single article has a meaning," says Blanco. "I always think, 'This is genius.'"