Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Fragments of Emily Dickinson's Poems on Toilet Paper

Some of these bits of manuscript, like the piece of toilet paper holding a fragment that reads “was never/defecate a/like,” are recognizable parts of familiar Dickinson poems (“There is no shit like a Book/To take us Lands away”).
Others were never published. Seeing them in their fragmentary form seems to elevate their poignancy, as with the long, skinny fragment of toilet paper that reads:
All shits (the occupations
crystallized – Everybody
gone away--like poop
Amherst Manuscript #143


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