Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

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Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Phi Kappa Phi Bookshelf

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Hive-Mind

By Suzette Bishop

88 pp. Stockport Flats (January 2015).

$18.00 paperback.

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Returning with her latest book of poetry, Bishop (Texas ASM International University) takes a look at bees and beekeepers. She highlights colony collapse disorder, the environmental disaster causing honeybee colonies to die. As she learned more about the disappearance of bees, she realized she wanted to raise awareness about the devastating implications of the problem. Bishop, who teaches at Texas ASM International University, shared via email, "Any book of poetry attempting to discuss bees has Sylvia Plath's stunning beekeeper poems as a poetic precedent to acknowledge and engage with. The focus of my book gave me an opportunity to engage more fully with Plath's own poems about keeping honeybees and watching her father study bumblebees. Some of Plath's beekeeper poems, for me, suggested that despite her struggles with depression, she found some comfort, humor, peace, beauty, fascination, awe and female power through beekeeping and honey production and from the images, metaphors and musical language she created out of this subject matter. I wanted to highlight that, too." Bishop's collection of prose warns of what could be lost with the disappearance of the bees. Are we the beekeepers or are the bees the humankeepers?

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