Jun 292015
Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop in real life

Lota de mace do Soares in real life

Lota de mace do Soares in real life

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 and Lota - movie version

Elizabeth and Lota – movie version

The Participants:

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.


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