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Emily Dickinson: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant” by Emily Dickinson. Public Domain.

One comment on “Emily Dickinson: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’

  1. sharondoubiago
    June 20, 2016

    I’ve always known the truth of this, but have fought it. Right up against it in almost every word I write. I know the aesthetics we’ve been taught, but…. Love to you, love to Emily.    _______________________________________Hard Country,West End Press (epic poem); The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Graywolf Press (stories); El Nino, Lost Roads (stories); Psyche Drives the Coast, Empty Bowl Press (poetry); South America Mi Hija, U of Pittsburgh (booklength poem); The Husband Arcane     The Arcane of O, Gorda Plate Press (booklengthpoem); Body and Soul, Cedar HillPublications (poetry); Love on the Streets,U of Pittsburgh (poetry); My Father’sLove, Vols 1 & 2, Portrait of thePoet as a Child/as a Woman, Wild Ocean, (memoir); The Visit, Wild Ocean Press (booklength poem); I, Poet, Omerta Publications (sequenced poems)

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