Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

I have never walked away from a theater screening with the following thought: “That movie felt like an Emily Dickinson poem.” Never. Ever. And as a Dickinson enthusiast, I am always looking for creative pieces that are comparable, and yet, in generally any comparisons of nowadays offered against the poet’s work, I am at best, … Continue reading Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Reading poems aloud: not just for slams, jams, and open mics

Split the Lark—and you’ll find the Music—Bulb after Bulb, in Silver rolled—Scantily dealt to the Summer MorningSaved for your Ear, when Lutes be old—            Emily Dickinson, F905A (This woman just gets it.) This post is solely a reminder to take that extra moment to speak poems aloud. So much of the poetry that comes through … Continue reading Reading poems aloud: not just for slams, jams, and open mics

Favorite Dickinson poem? Check the manuscript.

Question 1: Do you have a favorite Dickinson poem? Question 2: Have you ever seen the manuscript version of it? Case in point—             I recently became reacquainted with a poem I’d somewhat forgotten after having buried it into a notebook (that’s the glory of studying Dickinson’s works—there are so many of them that you … Continue reading Favorite Dickinson poem? Check the manuscript.

6 Reasons Why Dickinson Will Be Your Grandchildren’s Favorite Classic Poet

1830. Whew. That is a long, long time ago by most American standards. We’re talking approximately 54 years after the Declaration of Independence. But—1830 also brags as being the birth year of that throwing-a-stone-in-a-midnight-forest-and-hearing-it-hit-water-somewhere-30-minutes-later and most excellent of nebulous poets, Emily “The Boss” Dickinson. (Envisioning her throwing a whittled-down pencil at my head and saying, … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Dickinson Will Be Your Grandchildren’s Favorite Classic Poet