Wednesday, March 08, 2006


One of my favourite books is Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.  I’ve reread it often.  There’s a poem in it which I wanted to use in a Buttons deco.  Judy says she doesn’t know who wrote.  Thirty odd years after buying my copy of the book I Googled the poem.  Lo and behold it’s by Emily Dickinson.  I only know her from a poetry reading when I was a student on retreat in Iona Abbey and an American lady read a poem, including every dash, and then, of course, Paul Simon’s Dangling Conversation.  Now I’ll have to study her.  Tonight I looked up Jean Webster (real first name Alice) and discovered she died aged 40, of childbirth complications.  Her mother was a niece of Mark Twain.

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