30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 10 Advertisement

Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest American poets, wrote approximately 1,800 distinct poems within 2,357 poem drafts and at least 1,150 letters and prose fragments -- a total of 3,507 pieces before her death at the age of fifty-five. On the triangular flap of the envelope seal A 252, we find this fleeting message inscribed in the lines winnowing down to a single word at the tip: 'In this short Life/that only [merely] lasts an hour/How much--how/little--is/within our/power.'  --by Jen Bervin, "Studies in Scale" Poetry Magazine, November 2013.

You want to write some poetry?
Get all up in some Emily.