I’m memorizing the following poem for my “Complete Poet: Vulnerability, Sexuality and Sense of Humor” Poetry workshop with Suzanne Lummis.

By Emily Dickinson

Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile – the winds –
To a heart in port –
Done with the compass –
Done with the chart!

Rowing in Eden –
Ah, the sea!
Might I moor – Tonight –
In thee!

It’s short, but it certainly hits the second category for the “Complete Poet.”

An interesting quote from Colonel Higginson, the co-editor of Dickinson’s 1891 collection, before it was printed:

One poem only I dread a little to print–that wonderful ‘Wild Nights,’–lest the malignant read into it more than that virgin recluse ever dreamed of putting there. Has Miss Lavinia [Emily Dickinson’s sister] any shrinking about it? You will understand & pardon my solicitude. Yet what a loss to omit it! Indeed it is not to be omitted.


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One response to “Wild

  1. Jessucka!

    Love the poem! But i love the note from the editor even more. “virgin recluse” is excellent.

    The complete poet: vulnerability, sexuality and a sense of humor sounds like it will produce outstanding results.

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