I am the Berkshire Conference of Women Historian at UMass Amherst for the weekend and I can’t help thinking about a wonderful professor with whom I had the great good fortune to study Emily Dickinson

Faderman not only offered wonderful tutelage, but she graciously supervised one of my initial forays into lit research, an analysis of the “wife” trope in Emily Dickinson’s poems.

my favorite


I'm "wife" -- I've finished that --
That other state --
I'm Czar -- I'm "Woman" now --
It's safer so --

How odd the Girl's life looks
Behind this soft Eclipse --
I think that Earth feels so
To folks in Heaven -- now --

This being comfort -- then
That other kind -- was pain --
But why compare?
I'm "Wife"! Stop there!