So here is my favourite Emily Dickinson poem, scratch that, I think it’s my favourite poem period:
After great pain a formal feeling comes—
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions—was it He that bore?
And yesterday—or centuries before?
The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.
This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow—
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.
Seriously though, look at Clarice Lispector! Keep in mind that this woman was probably a genius. How is that fair?!
Anonymous said: I noticed you posted an Anne Carson poem! I love her! Who are some of your favorite literary ladies??
Wow I haven’t had a question in a while. And this is one I’m actually happy to answer. Don’t tell the boys but I secretly think girls write way better (this sentence is kind of proof of that). As for my favourites there are a bunch: Anne Carson f’sure, and it’d be weird not to mention Alice Munro given recent events (one of the most frustrating things about David Gilmour’s comments is that Canadians should be proud that our literature is kiiiiind of a tri-matriarchy with Carson, Munro & Atwood at the top), but also Lorrie Moore, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (please everyone read Half of a Yellow Sun), Clarice Lispector (girl could wriiiiiiiite, and she’s drop dead gorgeous), I went through a really big Toni Morrison phase this summer, oh, gawrsh, Mary Karr — don’t blame her for single-handedly reviving the memoir as a literary form, it’s not her fault it’s been taken over by rehab-surviving news anchors that have cigarette stubs for teeth, Virginia Woolf is a little too cold for me but I don’t know if there’s a writer I have more respect for (it’s weird I know), Ayn Rand….just kidding, she’s shit, and (cliched as it is) I can’t deny Emily Dickinson.
“And she, not in dishonour, yet shall die.
I would not rate this woman’s pain so high
As not to pay mine haters in full fee
That vengeance that shall make all well with me.”