Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant

Tell all the truth but tell it slant –

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The truth’s superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind –

by Emily Dickinson

I’m always looking for poems and short stories to use in my shared reading groups.

Telling it Slant by Emily Dickinson touched a chord.  I love the compassion she expresses throughout the poem for fragile humanity.  It reminds me of the person who will tell you, categorically, that they speak The Truth.  This poem is such a gentle reminder of the slant truth takes.

Dakota Drive is in the Estuary Business Park, Speke, and I went there to take photographs of outdoor art.  It was midday and the light was sharp and unforgiving.  This was ideal for the perspective I was really after. I leant into the structure, as far as I could, and pointed the camera up.


(Photograph – Dakota Drive, Liverpool, L24)

It is one of my favourite photographs because it reminds me of how differently things can look if we just move a little off centre, refocus our gaze, ask, ‘What if?’ or ‘I wonder if…?’  It says so much about how, in the creative process, we can disguise and re-invent our subject.  It’s all about perspective, and who can say we can’t look at something from our own point of view.

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