Winter 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

The Industry of Emily Dickinson

The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Varioum Edition Edited by R. W. Franklin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998. 3 vols. $125. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition Edited by R. W. Franklin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press/Belknap, 1999. $29.95. "I found, (the week after her death) a box (locked) containing 7 hundred wonderful poems, carefully copied." —Lavinia Dickinson1 Dickinson is a poet of the secret and the sidelong: "Tell all the truth but tell it slant"—she famously reminds herself—"Success in circuit lies." She is a poet who mines silence, who harnesses power by holding back. She is like her "reticent volcano" who keeps His never slumbering plan —Confided are his projects pink To no precarious man. (Johnson #1748, Franklin #1776) As if to belie the quiet life Emily Dickinson made for herself, almost from the moment her sister Lavinia found her "wonderful poems, carefully copied," editorial activity has swirled around that work.

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Michelle Boisseau's fourth collection of poetry, A Sunday in God-Years, was published by the University of Arkansas in 2009. She received her second NEA fellowship in poetry in 2010. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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