Emily Dickinson’s Secret Love

Emily Dickinson’s Secret Love

“The untold story of Emily Dickinson’s ‘Secret Love’ can now be told in its entirety. She disclosed their affair and his name via acrostics and anagrams in the tradition of the French court-love poets.” It does that and more. As sometimes exasperatingly obscure poems hit you, Bill Arnold details exactly which code unravels the mystery of who was the Master in her life. The poems are preceded by interesting prose passages and the book is rounded out with a biography of the author. It’s a compact easy to read book and pleasant to handle. Now, readers can know that her secret love was Sam Bowles, a publisher of the Springfield Daily Republican, and an intimate of her brother Austin. In a book of this nature the problem is always that of trying to strike a balance between giving the reader too much help or too little. Bill Arnold is a Dickinson scholar who has put sufficient details to prove why the scandalous relationship did not surface in Emily Dickinson’s lifetime. As the author comments, “Thus, the reason Emily Dickinson remained unpublished in her lifetime becomes self-evident.” The secret-love affair is not so shocking as revealing of what her poems mean, and her anagrams do “now make sense.” Although Bill Arnold may have given some readers a bit more help than they need, on the whole he seems to have struck a nice balance, and most readers will probably find most of his notes and commentary to be both helpful and illuminating. It is an excellent introduction to those who know little of the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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20000212 – Clint and Carolyn’s wedding reception – 05_Jay, Nathan, Mark Sawyer, Dave Oranchak, Jennifer & Emily & Sharon, Greg Spaulding, Debbie, Sarah & Kipp (9m49s) (HQ) (divx) (CUT OFF ON FLICKR, VIEW FULL VERSION ON YOUTUBE)

20000212 – Clint and Carolyn’s wedding reception – 05_Jay, Nathan, Mark Sawyer, Dave Oranchak, Jennifer & Emily & Sharon, Greg Spaulding, Debbie, Sarah & Kipp (9m49s) (HQ) (divx) (CUT OFF ON FLICKR, VIEW FULL VERSION ON YOUTUBE)
divorce advice
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

Cameraman Tony T explores the buffet/beer area. Tony T asks staff for advice. Carolyn’s brother Jay says \"make lots of babies\".

Nathan talks about spilling, and references Britt’s wedding video, where Clint talks about how Britt got married 1 month after meeting Chuck, and Clint and Carolyn waited 8 years. Britt should have followed suit because she got divorced 7 years later. Had she waited 8 years, things would have been much easier. 😛

Tony T interviews Carolyn’s family: Her uncle Mark gives the advice, \"try not to think to heavy about life\". Mark then grabs the camera, turns it around on Tony, makes fun of Tony’s excellent Homer Simpson tie, and interviews Tony (who used to date Britt).

Dave O gives the advice of \"don’t go to bed angry\".

Clint’s cousins Jennifer and Emily and aunt Sharon don’t have much advice to give — other than Emily saying to \"have fun in Vegas\", which we did.

Greg S has no advice to give, saying that we’ve \"pretty much been married for 15 years anyway\". (Even tho it’s really only been 8 years that we’ve known each other.)

Debbie M gives her best wishes. Sarah V is busy eating with Kipp and has \"no idea\".

Carolyn, Darren, Dave, Debbie, Emily, Greg, Jay, Jennifer, Kipp, Marissa, Mark, Mike, Nathan, Sarah, Shannon, Sharon, Todd, Vicky, Wayne.
drinking, eating.

February 12, 2002.
Pic by Tony Turchiano.

… Read Dave’s blog at oranchak.com/
… View Dave’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/doranchak
… View Debbie’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/debbieamoore/

Emily is my cousin (mom’s sister Ally’s daughter). She just had a kid; the first of the next generation.
… View Kipp’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/lurking444/
Mike is my uncle (mom’s sister Beth’s husband).

… View my cousin Nathan’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/32643686@N00/
… View Shannon’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/shankatz/
Sharon Prophet is my aunt (mom’s brother’s wife).

… Read Vicky’s blog at tgaw.wordpress.com/
… View Vicky’s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/tgaw/

BACKSTORY: Clint’s family friend, Tony, videotaped our wedding reception. He went around to everyone asking for advice for the bride & groom.