Roger Stephen Howard

Surgeon, sailor, fly-fisherman, and emerging poet, Roger Stephen Howard died peacefully in Tampa, Florida, on November 24, 2018.  He was 70 years old. Roger was born on April 28, 1948, in Ancón in the U.S.-administered Panama Canal Zone, the first child of Robert A. and Margaret C. Howard (née Mayerchak).  He grew up in Detroit,…

“Out of sound – Out of sight”

Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Trauma In a 1998 essay, the Emily Dickinson scholar Robert Weisbuch describes receiving a letter from “[a] former and very fine student.”  In the letter, the student, who has since gone on to become a psychiatrist, wonders whether Dickinson had perhaps suffered sexual abuse as a child.  She bases…

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