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