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February 27, 2020

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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.

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