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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
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Apr 27, 11

bookshelves: poetry
Read from April 21 to 27, 2011

I remember turning to Dickinson's poems in the middle of a seemingly horrific break-up during my college years. Now I turn to her as I stand helpless watching my father die from lung cancer. One thing is for sure: Emily Dickinson knows pain. Not only that, she knows how to write that pain on paper in beautiful poems that touch my heart.

My favorite Dickinson poem is "The Fringe Gentian" and should be required reading by all girls in high school who wonder if they will ever fit in.
"It tried to be a rose and failed,
And all the summer laughed.
But just before the snows, there came
a purple creature that ravished all the hill.
Then summer hid her forehead,
And mockery was still."
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