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Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

Emily Dickinson [by Mitch Sisskind]

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Put aside the twaddle about her
Foisted upon us in ten thousand
Books and other tedious varieties.
Nights in green eyeshadow she
Panther-like prowled Amherst's
Back alleys her brain abuzz with
Webster's definition of volcano
As a hole or slit in the surface of
A mountain from which ejects
Smoke, flames, and the hot lava;
Of vampire as a demon of legend
Fabled to suck our blood at night;
And of hell: the place to which are
Carried all those that are caught.

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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

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