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Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes

by Billy Collins

Billy Collins is the current US Poet Laureate and this is his first UK publication. He muses on the big subjects which affect us all, and a wryness of tone, mingled with a serious outlook, combine to produce poems of rare poignancy.

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I see all of us reading ourselves away
from ourselves, straining in circles of light
to find more light until the line of words
become a trail of crumbs that we follow
across a page of fresh snow.

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