To track this down, naturally I did a Google search, whereby I encountered the site Early Women Masters , which contains the quote I was seeking. The quote was, surprisingly, not in a poem but rather in one of her letters to a literary friend, who was then serving in the Union army. The full quote reads:
And then this, later in the same letter, which in 7 words may come closer to the meaning of war than any other 7 words in the English langauge:Perhaps death gave me awe for friends, striking sharp and early, for I held them since in a brittle love, of more alarm than peace.
War feels to me an oblique place.
So now death has struck, sharp and early, in that oblique place, for some 4377 US personnel in Iraq, and for some 977 US personnel in Afghanistan.
Now I must read 1) a bio of Ms. Dickinson, 2) her published works, and 3) her letters, which appear to have been separately published by various recipients. So much to read and so little time....
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