EppsNet Archive: Emily Dickinson

“Nature” is What We See

18 Sep 2015 /

Emily Dickinson

“Nature” is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.


Aerogramme Writers’ Studio: Emily Dickinson Attends a Writing Workshop

Posted by on 25 Jul 2013

Goals for Today

9 May 2013 /

Stop one heart from breaking. Ease one life the aching or cool one pain. Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again.

What’s the billing code for that?


Poetry Madness

10 Apr 2013 /
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Powell’s Books has a Poetry Madness bracket online to determine the Best Poet of All Time. Unfortunately, along with some really obvious omissions, they don’t understand the concept of seeding, so while minor poets face off in a number of first round matchups, there are inexplicable heavyweight pairings like T.S. Eliot vs. Emily Dickinson . . .


Poems I’ve Read Recently and Liked

19 Oct 2012 /

I’ve been reading a lot of poetry as part of the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry class on Coursera.

One of the things I like about the class is that the video lessons are done a little differently than other Coursera classes I’ve taken. Rather than recorded lectures, the videos consist of the instructor, Al Filreis, leading a small group of Penn students in close readings of selected poems.

Anyway, here are a few of my favorites so far:

These next two, both by Richard Wilbur, I want to single out as being particularly exquisite and heartbreaking:


Poetry Slam: Whitman vs Dickinson

16 Sep 2012 /

Emily Dickinson was good but Walt Whitman would have kicked her ass in a poetry slam.


Reading Emily Dickinson

2 Feb 2012 /

I’ll read one [Emily Dickinson] poem every few months — and if it’s one of those baffling ones, that’s all it takes to humble me into putting reason back in the tool box, and sitting still until a more appropriate tool presents itself.