July 2, 2015

Emily Revisited

Anyone who's known me for any length of time knows about my Emily Dickinson addiction. So I'm very pleased to see a whole new generation of readers turned on by her poems due to the influence of an indirect reference in John Green's book for young adult's, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

This illustration is my celebration of that poem, There's a Certain Slant of Light--quintessential Dickinson.




There's a certain Slant of light, 

There's a certain Slant of light, 
Winter Afternoons – 
That oppresses, like the Heft 
Of Cathedral Tunes – 

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – 
We can find no scar, 
But internal difference – 
Where the Meanings, are – 

None may teach it – Any – 
'Tis the seal Despair – 
An imperial affliction 
Sent us of the Air – 

When it comes, the Landscape listens – 
Shadows – hold their breath – 
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance 
On the look of Death –

(EMILY DICKINSON)