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I’m nobody! Who are you?

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I’m nobody! Who are you?: Poems by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson


This slender volume is a Scholastic paper, intended to be sold cheaply to schoolchildren.  It corrects Dickinson’s punctuation, an editorial habit I don’t approve of in general, but can understand for younger readers.  And it’s a well-selected collection, a nice blend of nature, iconoclasm, and death.  I enjoyed reading it, and half-considered keeping it for myself instead of adding it to the classroom library.  And it has a cool new cover, replacing the staid old portrait of Emily that used to be on it.  I couldn’t even find a picture of the new cover, that’s how new it is.

The soul selects her own society,

Then shuts the door;

On her divine majority

Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s passing

At her low gate;

Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling

Upon her mat.

I’ve known her from an ample nation

Choose one;

Then close the valves of her attention

Like stone.


Written by Contented Reader

October 25, 2012 at 6:58 am

Posted in Reviews


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