BILL OF FARE (Collected Letters)

Emily Dickinson in her own words

BILL OF FARE (Letter 17)

by Colin Gee

Eye of newt

Frog legs twain

Gall of babe unborn

Susan’s placenta

Extract of Susan’s urine

Juice of Susan’s inner ear

Susan’s chopped liver

Iced blood of Susan — no ice needed

Her heart, still pumping

Austin’s testicles d’oeuvre, with toothpicks

His green tongue, still squirming

Shredded letters, ink of love

Dessert: breast of Susan in its own milk

Water

I’ll be back at 5 and expect all of these things to be laid out on the table.

Emily.

BILL OF FARE (Letter 17)

by Emily Dickinson

SOUTH HADLEY SEMINARY

Nov. 2d, 1847

Roast Veal

Potatoes

Squash

Gravy

Wheat and Brown Bread

Butter

Pepper and Salt

Dessert

Apple Dumpling

Sauce

Water

Is n’t that a dinner fit to set before a king?