By Susan Howe
"Starts off as a manifesto yet turns into richer and extra suggestive because it develops."―The long island Sun
With exacting rigor and wit, Howe pulls Dickinson freed from the entire sterile and stuffy belle-of-Amherst cotton wool and exhibits the poet in contact with elemental forces of nature, and as a prophet in all her radical zealotry and poetic glory. Her Emily Dickinson is a special American genius, a demon lover of poetry―no neurasthenic spider artist. Howe attracts into her dialogue Browning, Wuthering Heights, the Civil warfare, "Master," the good Puritan preachers, captivity narratives, Shakespeare, and phantom fanatics. As she chases away slender and reductive feminist readings of the poet, Howe reveals as an alternative a substantially strong and actual feminism at paintings in Dickinson, focusing the complete on that heart-stopping poem "My existence had stood―a Loaded Gun."
A notable and passionate poet-on-poet engagement, My Emily Dickinson frees a superb poet from the fetters of being learn as a unique lady neurotic, and units her opposed to a fiery open sky the place "Perception of an item potential loosing and wasting it...only Mutability certain." My Emily Dickinson received The earlier than Columbus starting place ebook Award.
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