The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

October 24, 2014

for Emily Dickinson

Agony is

frugal -

Puts itself

severe away

For its' own

perusal -

(from 143, in Open Me Carefully,
Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to
Susan Huntington Dickinson, edited by
Ellen Louise Hart, Martha Nell Smith)

after the big rains, the large

intervals of time-slide, sheaves compress,
fungi and footprints both, astonishing slime,
jellies, older than my hands and feet, older
by far than my memories of a few years ago,
stromatolites in perth

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