Michael Pruchnicki

Emily's Rule - Poem by Michael Pruchnicki

Some versifiers on this site
think using obscenity
puts a zing
in lame lines

They think truth is as crude
and coarse as their writing

They abandon all standards
and ridicule rules
convinced of their righteous

They ignore Emily's Rule-
'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-'

Emily Dickinson's metaphor
for her lack of directness
is the stuff of poetry

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 27, 2008

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