Author(s): Paul Legault
Emily Dickinson's poems - condensed. Perfect for the poetry fan who is short on time, "The Emily Dickinson Reader" offers Paul Legault's ingenious and madcap one-line renderings of each of Dickinson's 1,789 poems. Take that familiar chestnut, No. 314, a la Legault: "Hope is kind of like birds. In that I don't have any." Or the classic hymn, No. 615: "God likes to watch." As Dickinson herself said in No. 769 (basically, via our translator): "This dead person used to be a person!" - and "The Emily Dickinson Reader" is here to tell you what that person meant.
Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010) and The Other Poems (Fence Books, 2011). He co-founded and co-edits the translation press Telephone Books.