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The Emily Dickinson Reader

An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems

Paul Legault

9781936365982
248 pages
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund
Overview

Perfect for the poetry fan who is short on time, The Emily Dickinson Reader offers Paul Legault’s ingenious and madcap one-line renderings of each of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems. Take that familiar chestnut, #314, a la Legault: “Hope is kind of like birds. In that I don’t have any.” Or the classic hymn, #615: “God likes to watch.”

As Dickinson herself said in #769 (basically, via our translator): “This dead person used to be a person!”—and The Emily Dickinson Reader is here to tell you what that person meant.