And the winner is…

Perhaps this is needless to say, but the February 7 book signing was canceled due to the snow storm.  I have to admit that between the blizzard and other responsibilities, I have neglected this beloved blog.

Prior to becoming derailed, I intended to point out the stark contrast between Dickinson’s poem on battle and Channing’s.  Recall I was fairly critical of Channing for understating the horror of war in her poem “Any Woman to a Soldier.”  Dickinson, however, while leaving us with the hope that God will keep all soldiers in “his” hands, memory and heart, does not sugar coat the way soldiers ‘drop’ and are often forgotten. I believe, therefore, that if we were to have a contest to decide which poet packed the most  punch, Dickinson would win.