Some of the teeth of the comb were envious of human class differences. They strived desperately to increase their height, and, when they succeeded, began to look with disdain on their colleagues below.
After a little while, the comb's owner felt a desire to comb his hair.
But when he found it in this state, he thew it in the garbage.
"Oh," said the mouse, "the world gets narrower with each passing day. It used to be so wide that I was terrified, and I ran on and felt happy when at last I could see walls in the distance to either side of me—but these long walls are converging so quickly that already I'm in the last room and there in the corner is the trap I'm running into." "You only have to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up.
Hatsu came to the household in the summer of 1936.
Congratulations to our friend Hilton Als on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism! ND has a new book of essays by Hilton on the horizon.
Magnificent: the absolute perfect combination of solid scholarship and art.—Susan Howe on Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
Poetry by Emily Dickinson
Edited by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner
Although a very prolific poet, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen poems. Instead, she created small handmade books. In her later years, she stopped producing these, but she continued to write a great deal, and at her death she left behind many poems, drafts, and letters. It is among the makeshift and fragile manuscripts of Dickinson’s later writings that we find the envelope poems gathered here. These manuscripts on envelopes (recycled by the poet with marked New England thrift) were written with the full powers of her late, most radical period. Intensely alive, these envelope poems are charged with a special poignancy—addressed to no one and everyone at once.
Full-color facsimiles are accompanied by Marta L. Werner and Jen Bervin’s pioneering transcriptions of Dickinson’s handwriting. Their transcriptions allow us to read the texts, while the facsimiles let us see exactly what Dickinson wrote (the variant words, crossings-out, dashes, directional fields, spaces, columns, and overlapping planes).
Poetry by Susan Howe
A collection in five parts, Susan Howe’s electrifying new book opens with a preface by the poet that lays out some of Debths’ inspirations—the art of Paul Thek, the Isabella Stewart Gardner collection, and early American writings— and also addresses memory’s threads and galaxies and “the luminous story surrounding all things noumenal.”
Following the preface are four sections of poetry: “Titian Air Vent,” “Tom Tit Tot” (her newest collage poems), “Periscope,” and “Debths.” As always with Howe, Debths brings “a not-being-in-the-no.”