PORTFOLIO: A certain slant of light

“There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –”

Click below to read the entire poem by Emily Dickinson.

"...a certain Slant of light"

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
‘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 (#320)

PRINTS FOR PURCHASE

Prints are available for purchase at 5 x 5″ ($45) and 8 x 8″ ($75). These images are perfect for homes, studios, office spaces, waiting rooms. Consider a triptych of 5 x 5″ images at a special price.

CONTACT SCOTT

Address all correspondence to

Professor Scott Bentley
College of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences
Department of English
California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542-3037



BW-Portrait-200

If you know his number by heart
it's already too late, she said,

in sharkskin with a haircut
that they were undoing...

from "Heat Lightning"

OUT OF HAND
(Parentheses, 1989)