Conclusion: “To See The End”
From her apartment in San Francisco, which reminded her fondly and perhaps ominously of Key West, Bishop deplored the airplanes that were taking off and returning every night right above her during the Vietnam conflict (OA 503–4). She may have even wondered at times from her late 1960s home which war the planes were flying in—for she had heard war planes daily before. She had complained about them during the Second World War in Key West to Russell and then in the Korean War in Washington to Frankenberg. Moreover, she had meditated upon their destructive bombing power in “Roosters,” her poetry fragment “V-Day August 14th, 1945” and “View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress” foregrounding their apocalyptic aftermath, or what it was like “to see the end.”
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