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One Art on Hidden Brain

I am an avowed podcast fiend, so it’s not surprising that yesterday I was looking for a new podcast to listen to. By chance, I selected Hidden Brain (I’ve heard much about it, but never listened to it) and its recent episode called “Fresh Starts”. It explores two stories on people losing something precious to them, but through that loss, finding something new. To my delight, the episode ended with a reading by Aimee Mann of Elizabeth Bishop’s One Art. While I recommend the entire podcast, you can hear Mann’s reading at the 47:00 minute mark. Enjoy.

One Art – 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.