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Galway Kinnell - The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson

Galway Kinnell - The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson

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Published by Bob Wobbly-Headed
Galway Kinnell.
“The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson.”
Imperfect Thirst.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 23-25.
Galway Kinnell.
“The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson.”
Imperfect Thirst.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 23-25.

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 Galway Kinnell.
The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson.
 
Imperfect Thirst 
.New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 23-25.
THE DECONSTRUCTION OF EMILY DICKINSON
The lecture had ended when I came in,and the professor was answering questions.I do not know what he had been doing with herpoetry, but now he was speaking of heras a victim of reluctant male publishers. When the questions dwindled, I put up my hand.I said the ignorant meddling of the Springfield
Daily Republican 
 and the hidebound response of literary men,and the gulf between the poetic wishfulnessthen admired and her own harsh knowledge,had let her see that her poems would not be understood in her time;and therefore, passionate to publish,she vowed not to publish again. I saidI would recite a version of her vow,Publication - is the AuctionOf the Mind of Man -but before I could, the professor broke in.
 Yes,
he said,
“‘
the Auction
 
 
auction,
from
augere 
,
auctum 
, toaugment, to author...
 
Let 
s hear the poem!
 
The poem!
several women, who at such a moment are more outspoken then men, shouted,but I kept still and he kept going.
In
auctum 
the economy of the signifier is split, revealing an uncon-scious collusion in the bourgeois commodification of con-sciousness. While our author says
no,
the unreified text says
 yes,
yes?
 He kissed his lips together and turned to me
23
 saying,
Now, may we here the poem?
 I waited a moment for full effect. Without rising to my feet, I said,
Professor, to understand Dickinsonit may not always be necessary to uproot her words. Why not, first, try 
listening 
to her?Loyalty forbids me to recite her poem now.
 No, I didn
t say that 
I realized

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