Click image to order
Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


« "For Anne Gregory" [by William Butler Yeats] | Main | "The Trouble Ball" [by Martín Espada] »

February 27, 2020


Wait a second, what about "Safe in their alabaster chambers? It's far scarier, in the blank infinity sense, than anything by Poe or Frost, even as they could be "scary," too. But Emily Dickinson is far and away (who could contest it, she's got lots of scary ones) the most terrifying poet of the United States.

You may be right, Kent. Dickinson is terrifying, all right. I wrote the piece in 2006. If I were to write it today, I might well make the argument for certain Dickinson poems, such as the one in which the sight of a desert isle is, for the shipwrecked sailor, no grounds for hope:

But most, like Chaos - Stopless - cool -
Without a Chance, or spar -
Or even a Report of Land -
To justify - Despair.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

click image to order your copy
That Ship Has Sailed
Click image to order
BAP ad
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


  • StatCounter