When I returned from Amherst I felt like I understood more of why Dickinson didn’t publish or have her work set in print. I had thought I understood it before—the way that they’d advertise (you know)—add titles, punctuation, remove dashes, slant rhyme. Sanitize and compact it into what Victorian editors and ethos considered “Poetry.”
Thank you, I very much enjoyed reading this.
Love this, and found it thanks to Joyce Wycoff’s quote from it in her “Gratitude Mojo” newsletter. Now I’m going to check out the one you mentioned and linked to. So many awesome writers on Substack!
Than you for this amazing essay and insight. Yes! This!
merci d'avoir si bien écrit sur Sinnead O Connor
thanks for this post, and for mention of Katherine May
Keening banned Catholic
Muted connection with life
Banned experience of death
The remnants pulled apart
Cyclic loops of time
Broken by the church
Thank you for this! I actually posted an essay about Dickinson days before O'Connor died, so I was thinking of the two of them simultaneously throughout much of the week. Your essay helped me see deeper, fascinating connections between the two of them.