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2013

poetry

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?

Emily Dickinson, spoken to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and quoted in his Emily Dickinson’s Letters (1870)

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