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Emily with wrinkles
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014
I've been reading Emily Dickinson all of my life, off and on. I decided at age 60, to read her Complete Poems & discovered a much different persona emerged when I read the lesser known poems along side the immortal ones. Reading only her most majestic poems gave her an almost untouchable aura. She was damn near perfect when read selectively, but in reading her less stellar efforts, a more human poet emerged & a more engaging one at that. Rating poets with stars is as silly as giving chocolate hearts to tin men, but how could I give any less than five to this angelic woman. The odd thing is, that this more human poet with frailties that the Complete Poems showed me, seems even more divine now. As for her poetics, she knew how to play slightly off key when she wanted to & it makes her work, the work of an original. Her erotic poems, though few, (Wild Nights!) are best in class. Thanks you Emily Dickinson, for your letter to the world.