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April 01, 2009


It is. Wider than the sky, I mean. No "doubt" about it.


This is the most on point analysis I've seen all day on this poem. It actually makes sense to.


I was intrigued by your choice of this particular poem because it has inspired several books.

One is "Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness" by scientist Gerald M. Edelman.

I have just started reading is "Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind" by Daniel Tammet. Dickenson's poem is quoted in the Introduction. Tammet is an autistic savant (described in his best-selling memoir "Born on a Blue Day") and this new book looks at creativity from several different points of view, which is what you advocated during your interview on my podcast.

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