There is a Certain Slant of Light: The View from Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom Window

Dickinson family’s Amherst homestead. Emily’s bedroom was on the second story. Here’s one of her poems:

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind–

As if my Brain had split–

I tried to match it–Seem by Seem–

But could not make them fit–


The thought behind, I strove to join

Unto the thought before–

But Sequence ravelled out of Sound–

Like Balls–upon a Floor–

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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