EDJE is an ongoing experiment in a mode of criticism that, instead of an explication of a text, offers something closer to a translation, or transformation, or reply to it.
The left column gives poems by Emily Dickinson, numbered according to R. W. Franklin’s edition of The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard 1998). The right column is by me. To learn more about the project, click here.
37 By Chivalries as tiny A Blossom, or a Book The seeds or smiles are planted— Which blossoms in the dark.
Essential skill: incongruity ligatured with sound. The brocade and gush of "Chivalries" Wound down to two tiny plosives: blossom, book. Blossom again, the book goes dark.