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Emily DickinsonThe Lost Thought

I felt a cleaving in my mind
        As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
       But could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join
       Unto the thought before,
But sequence raveled out of reach
        Like balls upon a floor.

Written approximately 160 years ago, this poem’s reference to a “sequence raveled” echoes the mood of 2020. And since this month marks 190 years since Emily Dickinson, one of America’s more revered poets, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, now seems like a fitting time to revisit it.

Spending most of her life on her family’s homestead, which you can still visit today, Emily wrote thought-provoking poetry on everything from death to nature. Her work is far from boring as it captures the depth of human experience, often causing the reader to face the uncomfortableness, yet relatability of one’s reality. Her poetry provides an avenue for reluctant readers of poetry, and poetry slammers use her technique to convey their own art.

Apple TV+ recently released a television series based on the life of the poet with a modern twist. The show sparked increased interest in her poetry. Your BCLS library card provides you access to more than 150 items relating to her work, life and poetry in general. As one of her most famous poems begin, “Hope is the thing with feathers….”  May your library card help you soar into the subject of poetry.