I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend

I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend easily solidifies his reputation as a poet who is very funny and also very serious. In these surprising and delightful poems, a mannequin joins the Me Too movement, a summer job turns into a lesson in class distinctions, and Jane Austen makes a surprise appearance at a mall. Ron Koertge’s uniquely playful imagination is on display in poem after poem.


New and surprising poems—sly, inventive, and deeply good-hearted—that journey deep into the imagination’s outer limits. A mannequin talks about her job, Mickey Mouse shops for shoes, and the Bride of Frankenstein remembers her wedding night. Full of surprises and satisfying on many levels, I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickenson’s Boyfriend deserves a place in the poetry section of every heads-up reader.

—Billy Collins, author of Whale Day: And Other Poems

On a green cover, a cartoon of a beautiful girl in a strapless pink dress leans against a yellow car. Above the image is the title, "I Dreamed I was Emily Dickinson's Boyfriend." Below the woman's heeled shoes is the author, "Ron Koertge."

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Publication Date: October 4, 2022

Genre/Imprint: Poetry

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ISBN: 9781636280332

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