I thoroughly enjoyed the lesbian movie, “Shoot for the Moon” that is the real story between American poet, Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian aristocrat Lota de mace do Soares.
Elizabeth Bishop: (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956.
Lota de mace do Soares.
Lota was a swaggering Brazilian woman, the aristocratic and self-trained architect A bold and funny self-promoter, Soares spearheaded the development of Parque do Flamengo, an elaborate public park in the center of Rio de Janeiro. She is portrayed in the movie as a confident “butch” and a strong and seductive lover.
Love of Travel brings Love of the Heart
Elizabeth set out to circumnavigate South America by boat. She was financed by a substantial $2,500 traveling fellowship from Bryn Mawr College (USA) in 1951. Her intention was to stay with Lota de Macedo Soares in Petrópolis, Brazil for no longer than two weeks – she stayed 15 years. This is what happens when you unexpectedly fall in love.