A WORD MADE FLESH IS SELDOM:
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN CERTAIN POEMS OF
EMILY DICKINSON AND ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE
by Elaine Maria Upton
Page 7Grimke seems ever aware of the tension between life in the body and death, as in "A Winter Twilight" or in "Grass Fingers."
Touch me, touch me,Did Grimke learn from Dickinson? If so, what did she hear?
Before she died in 1958 after Dickinson's Complete Poems had been published, perhaps Grimke heard or read many of Dickinson's poems on death--the soul's taking leave of the body. In the best of her death poems, and I count many to be her best, Dickinson brings the word to life, so that the word become flesh in our living and dying. And we, as Grimke, following Dickinson might read/hear:
The distance that the dead have gone
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