Friday, March 21, 2014

Finding Emily Dickinson in Texas


If its Friday this must be Denton, Texas. In the quest to escape the northern cold our spring break roadtrip finds us in Denton, Texas. In wandering the town square of Denton we came across Recycled Books and their sandwich board out front quoting Emily Dickinson.


There is No Frigate Like a Book

There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry —  
This traverse may the poorest take        
Without oppress of toll —  
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.


— Emily Dickinson


Inducted into the American Poets Corner in 1984, Emily Dickinson was one of the first three American poets to be so honored alongside Washington Irving and Walt Whitman. Though No Frigate Like A Book is one of Dickinson's best known poems it began its journey to immortality as a mere passage in a letter written by Emily in 1873.