Emily Dickinson and “The Yellow Rose of Texas”

On Sunday, at Pordenone Legge, a book festival in northern Italy, my interviewer, Chiara Valerio, challenged me to tell the audience something about Emily Dickinson (one of her poems has a cameo in Necessary Errors), who, my interviewer said, is currently having a bit of a moment in Italy. Somehow, a minute or two later, I found myself singing an Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” And quindi, as the Italians say, when I was interviewed on the radio program Fahrenheit a few days later, the host, Loredana Lipperini, decided to ask me for a reprise, audible with all its involuntary tremolo here, if you click on the word “Ascolta.”

3 thoughts on “Emily Dickinson and “The Yellow Rose of Texas””

  1. You can also sing Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” to “Hernando’s Hideaway,” from “The Pajama Game.” Try it: “Whoooose woods (bump bump) these are (bump bump) I think-I-know” etc.

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