22 thoughts on “"Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes" by Billy Collins (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

  1. Both the links are inactive. The only Wendy Molyneux I can find writes about burgers and donuts – she informs us that there are 13 people in the US named Donut.

    Billy Collins reads part of this poem here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg2s4o_billy-collins-taking-off-emily-dickinson-s-clothes_creation

  2. wow, very beautiful…such a sensuous admiration for  poetic genius… another delight!

  3. Sunnyrose…unbutton the top button of your shirt if you dare, not enough blood getting through. Celebrate metaphor and remember what century it is.

  4. I feel like there are people using "post modern" in very odd ways in this comment section. But, then again, post modern might as well be a big WTF sign as it's nebulous at best.

    And for anyone who thinks Collins is being serious: perhaps you should read up on your Emily Dickinson poetry. Collins clearly references her famous poems at the end and also her writing style – you know, the one where she includes dashes at seemingly odd places. This was a metaphorical undressing and exploration folks.

  5. I love his mention of the dashes in their conversation. It really does make it seem like it is her voice he is undressing.

  6. @sunnyrosegarden you have no business critiquing poetry, in this case. good day.

  7. In Amherst, there's a statute of Emily Dickinson sitting down to talk with Robert Frost — an imagined intersection of two great poets who never met.

    This is another imagined intersection of two great poets, but somehow I don't think they're going to put up a statute of Emily & Billy meeting in Amherst.

  8. @dalesings2u Billy Collins says "There are many speculations about her…Was she lesbian? Was she celibate? Did she have an affair?

    I was driven to write a poem in which I attempted to put the matter to rest by having sex with her".

    I added a link to the notes – Billy himself reading this poem.

  9. @sunnyrosegarden What disrespect? It sounds like a remarkably respectful, possibly half-true fantasy by a fellow poet. Naturally with a twinge of humor, as Collins treats everything under the sun, but not at all unkind. It's not like he's fantasizing about doing nasty things to her corpse. It IS provocative since she was so famously reclusive, but it sounds like you want to deny her animal nature entirely which I would regard as at least as disrespectful as Collins' humorously kinky poem.

  10. @sunnyrosegarden Thanks. I understood what you said. I was pulling your leg.

  11. @sunnyrosegarden I couldn't agree with you more. It's the best quality stuff, right enough.

  12. It's good to hear someone else read this poem. We have a tendency to be set up for humor when Billy reads and this reading doesn't do that.

  13. Wow! Awesome! Two of my favorite poets getting it on together! Damn.

  14. So good!
    Thanks for reading it.
    Would Emily have liked it in life…?
    She could only dream about sex, Wild nights,Wild nights!
    Anyway, I think she lived and loved more than many other women because she lived and loved spiritually, in a pure and mystic way.
    Maybe, after reading this poem, she is laughing in heavens, no skin to cover, finally free from Mother Earth.
    🙂

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