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.