{poetry} 02 april

emily d by i arsenault{ Isabelle Arsenault’s illustration of Emily Dickinson for the cover of My Letter to the World (KCP Poetry 2008) }

While finishing up a class-discussion on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray today, two of my favorite poets/poems were mentioned: T.S. Eliot’s The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock (one of my absolute favorites) and Emily Dickinson’s “One need not be a Chamber–to be Haunted–,” which I share below.

One need not be a Chamber—to be Haunted—
One need not be a House—
The Brain has Corridors—surpassing
Material Place—

Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting—
That Cooler Host.

Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a’chase—
Than Unarmed, one’s a’self encounter—
In lonesome Place—

Ourself behind ourself, concealed—
Should startle most—
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror’s least.

The Body—borrows a Revolver—
He bolts the Door—
O’erlooking a superior spectre—
Or More—

Published by L

I read, and I write. and until recently, I sold books.

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