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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 56/100: Dickinson - Poems

Dickinson: Poems - Emily Dickinson

I'm slightly more interested in Emily Dickinson the person than Emily Dickinson the poet, if it's even possible to separate the two. Still, Dickinson was the first poet (after Shel Silverstein) that I distinctly *liked* and sought more of. I haven't sat down to read a volume of her work since I was in high school, though, and it's lovely to see that she still holds up after all this time.

Some of the poems didn't do anything for me -- they were just words that seemed to wash right past me. But then there are others that surprise me with the way they resonate, that I have to read again and again, slowly, like prayers. I can see why many readers and poets equate poetry with spirituality. Her reflections on death and spirituality especially moved me. And there are times when her rhythm is so perfect that it astounds me.

This is probably the poem that penetrated my heart most deeply.