For Friday, April 14, 2017:
[Emily] Dickinson’s solitariness was essential for the cultivation of her creative passion. It was in that solitary space that she found her most intimate connection to the Divine, to that quality of yearning for ecstasy that would lead her to write … It is during those times that she is most ‘alone with the Alone’ that her imagination takes flight and soars.
bell hooks – remembered rapture
(Quoted in WRITING ALONE AND WITH OTHERS by Pat Schneider, OUP 2003)