By Jerome Charyn
“Remarkable perception . . . [a] designated meditation/investigation. . . . Jerome Charyn the unpredictable, elusive, and enigmatic is a normal fit for Emily Dickinson, the quintessence of these." —Joyce Carol Oates, writer of untamed Nights! and The misplaced Landscape
We imagine we all know Emily Dickinson: the Belle of Amherst, virginal, reclusive, and probably mad. yet in A Loaded Gun, Jerome Charyn introduces us to another Emily Dickinson: the fierce, excellent, and sexually charged poet who wrote:
My lifestyles had stood—a Loaded Gun—
Though I than He— may perhaps longer live
He longer must—than I—
For i've got however the energy to kill,
Without—the energy to die—
Through interviews with modern students, shut readings of Dickinson's correspondence and handwritten manuscripts, and a suggestive, newly chanced on photo that's speculated to exhibit Dickinson together with her lover, Charyn's literary sleuthing finds the nice poet in ways in which have in simple terms been hinted at formerly: as a girl who was once deeply philosophical, intensely engaged with the area, drawn to participants of either sexes, and ready to write poetry that disturbs and delights us today.
Jerome Charyn is the writer of, so much lately, sour Bronx: 13 tales, i'm Abraham: a singular of Lincoln and the Civil battle, and the key lifetime of Emily Dickinson: a singular. He lives in New York.
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EUR. How so? DIO. He placed two 'chariots' in and 'corpses' two, a weight not a hundred Egyptians could lift up. AES. For me, then, no more tests by single sayings! Into the scale himself let him step, and sit, with children, wife, Kephisophon and all, taking his library with him. I, for my part, shall speak but twice, two sayings, and outweigh them. 1410 DIO. (To Pluto) They're both my friends. I won't decide between them, I'll not become embroiled myself with either; One I consider clever-and one delights me.
BEGINNINGS 0 Night, darkly luminous Night, whose ghost, in my dream, do you rouse from the murk, whose nightmare shape dead-alive, living-death, from his Hell steals forth night-spawned, very creature of darkness? Deep-black grave-cloths shroud those boneso most dire most horrible is the sight of him! A blood lust, a blood lust peers from his eyes and his nails are talons-enormous! o to be clean! Hurry, maids, with a light for me! Go, dip your pails in the dewy fresh streams and prepare me a bathful; I'd be cleansed of my demonic phantasy.
Good lord, no! I acted in a democratic spirit. DlO. Let that be, friend; for you it's not a subject that would warrant an excursus. 2 EUR. (With a gesture to the audience) What's more, I taught our people here the way to talk. AES. I'll say so! And better if your guts had split before you started teaching! EUR. I taught them to apply a subtler Metrik; trim their verses by set-square; ponder, pry, perceive; love twisting and sharp practice; think evil and be always hypercritical. AES. I'll say so!