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Emily Dicinson

Emily Dickinson (USA, 1830-1886)


Two love poems at the Talking People Podcast Listen! (It's all... and To make a prairie)

Four poems in mp3 format: It's all I have to bring today; To make a prairie; I'm Nobody; Is Taught by

Here I read four poems (see below) at the Talking People Podcast Listen! and comment on why reading poetry may be interesting

I'm Nobody! Who are You?
Are you Nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -- Don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be Somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

(An extra: Michelle Ford's video reading I'm Nobody. Who are You?)


The Heart asks Pleasure first,
And then, Excuse from Pain;
And then, those little Anodyness
That Deaden Suffering;

And then, to Go to Sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The Liberty to Die.


Pain has an element of blank:
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.

It has no Future but itself.
Its infinite realms contain
Its Past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of Pain.


An everywhere of silver,
With ropes of sand
To keep it from effacing
The track called land.