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Live stream: There’s a Certain Slant of Light by Emily Dickinson

Written by Rachael Norris, 11th May 2021
Teaching and Learning Coorindator, Lisa Spurgin, reads 'There's a Certain Slant of Light' by Emily Dickinson.
In May the theme for our Daily Readings is inspired by The Reader Bookshelf theme of 'Walking the Earth'.  Our readings this month are about the human journeys – physical and metaphorical – we take to become who we are, about living on and with planet earth. Download our calendar for May.
There’s a Certain Slant of Light
There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.
None may teach it anything,
’Tis the seal, despair,—
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.
When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’tis like the distance
On the look of death.
Emily Dickinson

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