Emily Dickinson in the Snow


A photo sent to us by Harley Spiller. Harley is from Amherst, NY, not Amherst, MA, but he's a big Emily Dickinson fan nonetheless. Thanks for sending the snap, Harley. If you have a photo of your Literary Location sticker in situ, send it along. We'd love to post it, too.

Along with his photo, Harley sent along the following winter-appropriate Dickinson poem, "There's a certain Slant of light":

There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

 

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –

 

None may teach it – Any –
'Tis the seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –

 

When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –