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August 27, 2013

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It's a wonderful idea to turn to poems to help us with thorny political issues of the moment, but I had never thought of Emily Dickinson's immortal "loaded gun" in this context. And Edwin Denby is terrific, always. Kudos. -- DL

I always had the sense that this Dickinson poem provided the inspiration for the Jim Jarmusch film "Dead Man," which pits "Dickinson" against "Blake."

But that's off the point. Great to revisit the Dickinson with a new perspective and I especially love "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is Florida." Denby is a favorite as well. His dance criticism is a model for how critics should approach their work, no matter what art form they're considering.

Thank you.

Two of my favorite poets. Thanks for the kind words!

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