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“The open-ended dash, breathless, was her pause of choice, dashes in all sizes and shapes: short, long, slant, each prying the door ajar. Nouns stand at attention, capitalized and substantive.”

description of Emily Dickinson’s writing, in White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (New York: Anchor Books, 2009), 75.
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