Wednesday, January 16, 2013

365 Poems: A Book (guest post by Emily Dickinson)



Day 16

Emily Dickinson
from the Amherst College Archives
Book club tonight (different one!) -- so poetic originality gets short shrift. Our book was John Irving's In One Person; the conversation was lively and worthwhile. I don't think Emily would mind me calling on her for today's poem.

A Book

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears a human soul!
-- Emily Dickinson

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