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Finite to Fail - Poems After Dickinson by David Anthony Sam
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Mar 03, 2017

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Emily Dickinson’s influence and inspirations can be found everywhere in contemporary poetry.
Her energetic rhythms and observations on life and reverence for that life, also echo in the
chapbook, “Finite to Fail, poems after Dickinson” by Virginia poet David Anthony Sam, from
GFT Press.
Emily’s punctuational dashes, as in the title’s dedicatory poem, are used exclusively by
Sam throughout these twenty reflective, almost devotional, lyrics. And whether replying to her
well known “I’m nobody! Who are you?” or devising his own reflections under her spell, the
poems demonstrate both homage and originality. In short, he “splits the lark.”

Allan Peterson

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