Emily Dickinson calls the Poetry Crisis Line

Happy birthday to Emily Dickinson, who is 190 today!

Also, happy Chanukah.

KIM (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
EMILY DICKINSON (caller): There’s a certain slant of light
KIM: Is it in your eyes?
DICKINSON: Winter afternoons—
KIM: So how is it a problem?
DICKINSON: That oppresses
KIM: Uh…how?
DICKINSON: like the heft of cathedral tunes.
KIM: That sounds heavy.

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