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The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
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bookshelves: poetry

I felt a sneeze - as big as God
Form in - back of - my Nose
Yet being - without - a Handkerchief
I Panicked quite - and froze
Sneeze I must - yet sneeze - must not
Dilemma - made - me grieve
Happy then - a single Bee
Saw me - use - my sleeve

Well all right, I did not read every one of the 25,678 but certainly a fair number. You know when she died they found she'd stuffed poems everywhere in her house, up the chimney, down her knickers, tied in little "packets" onto her dogs' hindquarters, someone cut a slice of a loaf of bread to make a sandwich and another 25 poems fell out. I think Emily would have made a great drug mule if she'd have lived another 120 years. Although she may have found a serious conflict between her intense religious convictions and the large amount of cash she would have made, not to mention the radical change of lifestyle.

There's - a certain - slant of - light
On - winter afternoons
That makes - you feel - high
Like - those - small - mushrooms

I put - a poem - in my pants
Then sitting - by an Eternal Lake
My poem - seemed - to speak aloud
"Lay off - the Battenburg - cake"


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message 1: by Jude (new)

Jude Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

or drug fantasies, apparently.


message 2: by Praj (new)

Praj Dickinson's "I taste a liquor never brewed" was a highly misrepresented poem in my brain for a long time,until i analysed it to be about her spiritual intoxication of nature.


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus Paul, they'll say the same about your reviews one day.
People will keep finding new shelves and arguing about the meaning of their titles, especially the Beatles one, because no-one will listen to the Beatles any more and they will think it must contain drug references.
I like the poems Jude and Praj have referred to.


message 4: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Mon dieu!

I nearly soil myself whenever I read your reviews!

Thank you for sharing your wit and humor!


Paul thanks Jim... some people you just have to have a little bit of fun with


Elaine Your parodies are marvelous! As are the trivia about where she stashed her poems--or did you make those up? Her dog's hindquarters? Makes a good story anyhow.


Paul I think she did stash her little booklets of poems here and there, but in slightly more conventional places...! and thanks for the compliment!


message 8: by Manny (new)

Manny This as good - as Dickinson
But nay - in truth I jest
Had I to choose - between the two
Your version, sir - is best


message 9: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye you are being facetious arent you?


message 10: by Manny (new)

Manny In the narrow domain of poems about blowing your nose on your sleeve (as opposed to wearing your heart there), I think Paul has Emily beat.


message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate Did you know that all Emily Dickinson poems can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas"?

I love the hearty, square-dancy effect this gives to "Because I could not stop for Death..."


message 12: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Kate wrote: "Did you know that all Emily Dickinson poems can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas"?

I love the hearty, square-dancy effect this gives to "Because I could not stop for Death...""


That's true, isn't it!? Well I'll be dipped...


message 13: by Paul (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul I can hear Mitch Miller and the boys and girls now :

Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for meeee


By jings, it could be a hit.


message 14: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus Sounds like a runaway American dream.


message 15: by Ian (last edited May 23, 2012 05:23PM) (new)

Ian Paganus Dear Mr Miller,
I know you're dead and all, but I was wondering if anyone at your company would like my song. It's got everything - Emily Dickinson, Bruce Springsteen, Meatloaf, Haruki Murakami, the Shangri-Las. Phil Spector said, if we could get him out of jail, he'd love to produce it.

The Carriage Held But Just Ourselves

It's a town full of losers
And a street full of boozers
So Jane asks what's my problem
Can't she see I'm one of them?
I've been living at the bottom of a well
I've gotta escape like a bat out of hell
In the night I can let off a little steam
So I mount my suicide machine
Embrace the runaway American Dream
Except I didn't hear the sirens scream
I was thinking of Jane's glossy pout
When she cried, "Look out! Look out!"
Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for me
I was the leader of the pack
But now I'm gone.


message 16: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Ian wrote: "Dear Mr Miller,
I know you're dead and all, but I was wondering if anyone at your company would like my song. It's got everything - Emily Dickinson, Bruce Springsteen, Meatloaf, Haruki Murakami, th..."


It's got a good beat, but you can't dance to it...


message 17: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus Jim wrote: "It's got a good beat, but you can't dance to it... "

Ha ha. They'll have to fix that in "post".


message 18: by Jim (last edited May 24, 2012 12:07AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Ian wrote: "Jim wrote: "It's got a good beat, but you can't dance to it... "

Ha ha. They'll have to fix that in "post"."


I nominate Kate to make a video of Emily Post set to Yellow Rose of Texas and up load it to youtube... maybe with a 10 gallon hat, Emily Post spinster dress, and snakeskin boots...


message 19: by Paul (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul maybe she could do a rap version of Molly's soliloquy from Ulysses as well.


message 20: by Jim (last edited May 24, 2012 12:53AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Paul wrote: "maybe she could do a rap version of Molly's soliloquy from Ulysses as well."

Mashed-up with Missy Elliot's "Get Ur Freak On"


message 21: by Diane (new)

Diane Bluegreen this review made me almost actually really lol,so that's saying a lot. thank you!


message 22: by Paul (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul Thanks Diane - I have more fun with Emily here

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 23: by Diane (new)

Diane Bluegreen Paul wrote: "Thanks Diane - I have more fun with Emily here

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


thanks paul. fun stuff!


message 24: by Steven (new)

Steven Wynn You may have started something:

I ate a bowl of chili
-with beans too many for me
-so pushed aside the beans did I
-a chili virginity
-I put the beans in ample boxes-in drawers stored away-and gazed into a nearby mirror-Volkswagen Bug became


message 25: by Paul (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul it's addictive!


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