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Joyce Carol Oates on Emily Dickinson


Oh I do love "The New York Review of Books." From the very beginning back in the early sixties they have carried the best of the best in American cultural thinking. Check out this essay on Dickinson, her loves and her times.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21796

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Re: Joyce Carol Oates on Emily Dickinson


hey Tere,

I was struck by one of Oates' last comments which may also be relevant to your 'Poetry Comprehensions' thread:

"Perhaps it's only a convention that the gravitas of print seems to insist on permanence,
and it's the 'route of evanescence' so magically
embodied by Dickinson's poems that is the truest
nature of poetry."

Thanks for the link.

Chris
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Good catch, Chris. The comment had struck me too. But not with the turn your interpretation takes. I think you have a point. So many times I am trying to get to something undefinable, something without coordinates, maybe something evanascent, in poetry. Sometimes when returning to a poem I am disappointed when discovering that what I had wanted to raise above the page, so to speak, has been pinned to the page as if pinned to a Riker mount.

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