Publication — is the Auction
Of the Mind of Man —
Poverty — be justifying
For so foul a thing

Possibly — but We — would rather
From Our Garret go
White — Unto the White Creator —
Than invest — Our Snow —

Thought belong to Him who gave it —
Then — to Him Who bear
Its Corporeal illustration — Sell
The Royal Air —

In the Parcel — Be the Merchant
Of the Heavenly Grace —
But reduce no Human Spirit
To Disgrace of Price —

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2 Comments

  1. Crystal Gearhart says:

    Galway Kinnell’s Imperfect Thirst has a poem regarding Emily’s Publication – is the Auction …
    his poem is called The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson. It will shed some light on ED’s poem that perhaps was not considered before hand.

  2. William Arnold Grace says:

    This has not been commented upon because it is based upon a theology that is not based upon the material, which is the predominant theology of contemporary American culture and hence her mind set must be understood to even approach her thought.

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