Miss Emily

               The poems of Donna Lee Davis have been likened to those of Emily Dickinson.

"Perha​ps because so many of them are quite short; perhaps because I use dashes liberally.  I don't take comparisons seriously, however flattering or amusing they may be.  I was once publicly called (with affection, I think) 'the poor man's Sara Teasdale.'    At any rate, I wrote 'Miss Emily' because I admire Miss Dickinson, and because the longer I live, the more I admit to a certain affinity."

                           THEY WHO CHOOSE                                                                           PETITION

                             They who choose                                                                If there be no other joy,
                             their onliness                                                                       Let there be love.
                             can only guess                                                                     If there be no other grief,
                             at loneliness.                                                                        Let there be love.
                                                                                                                            If there be no other beauty--
                             We unrequited--                                                                  If there be but pain for me--
                             needing so--                                                                         let there be in my life love,
                             oh!                                                                                          Lord.  Let love be.
                             we know.


      Dickinson scholars will appreciate this award-winning homage to the Belle of Amherst:

                                                                                EMPATHY, MISS EMILY

                                                            "Sisters are brittle things.  God was penurious with me,
                                                            which makes me shrewd with him."  --- Emily Dickinson

                                                     I know--of me to fancy some
                                                     sorority between us . . . to
                                                     assume that spirit thread could equal sinew
                                                     or lines of kindred thought cross those
                                                     of blood.  Yet parallels suggest themselves.
                                                     Contemporized, we'd have been friends
                                                     at least, a sober pair--you watering
                                                     begonias, I a stew--trading
                                                     views on heaven, stone for stone.  Therefore
                                                     presume I do . . . for twice now, clutching
                                                     luminescent phrase, I've sensed the scanning
                                                     shadow of a critic dull the
                                                     page; and turning, glimpsed a sentient's shy
                                                     retreat--in flight, both passionate
                                                     and staid:  The little emigre,
                                                     a snowy shade.

                                                                                                                                           the young Emily Dickinson

"There are some wonderful Websites about Emily Dickinson--among them the Dickinson Museum at her Amherst home--and more than one version of her famous 'black cake' online.  My mother made scrumptious fruitcakes at Christmastime, so I am a fan!  Much as I love to cook, and inventive as I can be in the kitchen (with varied results), I haven't many original recipes.  I have tinkered with a basic creamy cheesecake recipe, however, just enough to call it my own.  Very vanilla, and very fattening.  Try it!"

                         Download MISS EMILY'S BLACK CAKE, a heavy, old-fashioned fruit cake--like a mouthful of                    history!
                                                                                                                      Need a .PDF reader?  Download free here:  ADOBE

                          Download DONNA'S CHEESECAKE!  

                          Through a New York Times article, visit the lost gardens of Emily Dickinson that includes a slide show of the                    poet's pressed flowers!