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.