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.
163 By a flower—By a letter By a nimble love— If I weld the Rivet faster— Final fast—above— Never mind my breathless Anvil! Never mind Repose! Never mind the sooty faces Tugging at the Forge!
Each delicate nicety Hides Vulcan at the forge. Screw it tight. Rapidly. Skip your pointless dinner. Fast, faster, fasting—evermore.