By Jerome Charyn
“Remarkable perception . . . [a] certain meditation/investigation. . . . Jerome Charyn the unpredictable, elusive, and enigmatic is a common 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 doubtless mad. yet in A Loaded Gun, Jerome Charyn introduces us to another Emily Dickinson: the fierce, very good, 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 strength 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 came upon picture that's imagined to express Dickinson along with her lover, Charyn's literary sleuthing unearths the good 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 individuals of either sexes, and ready to write poetry that disturbs and delights us today.
Jerome Charyn is the writer of, such a lot lately, sour Bronx: 13 tales, i'm Abraham: a singular of Lincoln and the Civil warfare, and the key lifetime of Emily Dickinson: a unique. He lives in New York.
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