Emily Dickinson. 1830-1886. The 1st major American poet. Didn’t publish her work. Can you imagine writing & continuing to write without an audience?

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

Without experiencing it herself, she knew what publicity was made of.
This complete opposite of Britney Spears wasn’t nearly as simple as the simple words she writes with.

And the rhymes. They’re so good you hardly know they’re there.. But they’ve got sharp & genuine teeth if you read her close.

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