Thankful for so much.
I gave him leave / to live—from The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems
See more envelope poems and read the introduction to the book in the November 2013 issue of Poetry.
An audio slideshow of Emily Dickinson’s envelope poems with voiceover commentary from the book’s editors, Jen Bervin and Marta Werner, and contemporary artists Lesley Dill and Spencer Finch.
Your pipe dangles unlit. Look past
the easel to double-check yourself in the mirror.
Still you? How goes the Self-Portrait in Red
Striped Tie and Semi-retirement?
How quickly we get to be sixty? Remember
every day is one more chance to—
be careful what you wish for, everyone says,
but that doesn’t mean quit wishing.
Adrienne Rich, “Natural Resources,” 1977:
My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
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