Emily Dickinson's Weirdest Poems (or Portions Thereof)?
October 8, 2012 6:49 AM Subscribe
For a project I'm working on, I need to find some of Emily Dickinson's most bizarre, inscrutable, puzzling, borderline-disturbing poems (or just single lines/couplets/stanzas etc.). Rather than go through all her poems trying to find them, I thought I'd ask her to see if anyone knew of any. I'll also accept poems where she talks about writing or language--I have some quotes but not anything full.
posted by mermaidcafe to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm already definitely going to use "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" and number 638, which contains:
"The Zeroes — taught us — Phosphorous —
We learned to like the Fire
By playing Glaciers — when a Boy —
And Tinder — guessed — by power
Of Opposite — to balance Odd —
If White — a Red — must be!
Paralysis — our Primer — dumb —
But I can use as many as I can get; the weirder, the better. And I'll also be looking for "ars poetica" poems (poems about writing poetry) ad well.