Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Two nights ago Jessica Lowenthal and I taught a Dickinson "webinar." With 50 people watching and participating from near- and far-flung locations, we discussed two poems, #556 ("The Brain, within its Groove") and #1129 ("Tell all the Truth but tell it slant"). Some participants phoned us and made comments and asked questions that way. We had two phones working so there was some byplay and fun confusion. We also took comments and questions by email.

Of course we made a recording of the once-live video and here is your link to it. (You need QuickTime Video on your computer to play this recording.)

The Brain, within its Groove
Runs evenly--and true--
But let a Splinter swerve--
'Twere easier for You--

To put a Current back--
When Floods have slit the Hills--
And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves--
And trodden out the Mills--

This, we decided, was the true end of industrialism-era assumptions about the imagination.