The Big Read Blog (Archive)

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The PoetTree at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Emily Dickinson's poems hang from the tree, and visitors can also share verses of their own. Photo by Laura Jamieson Emily Dickinson may be one of the world’s most celebrated poetesses, but during her own lifetime, she was known for something a bit more...
Emily Dickinson – Her True Self from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo . Flash Rosenberg is a visual artist, photographer, performing artist, writer, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She often signs her name with exclamation points and cares for three pet turtles that she rescued from a soup pot in Chinatown...
Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010. Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez, used courtesy of The Library of Congress I just rediscovered some great poetic audio in our digital archives. Hearing the brilliant contemporary poet Kay Ryan read the not-so-contemporary Emily Dickinson was like finding...
"A blossom" - Letter 803 from Emily Dickinson to Forrest F. Emerson, who briefly served as the pastor of the First Church at Amherst from June 12, 1879 until he was dismissed on February 21, 1883. Image (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College Does a poem read differently when it’s handwritten...
Tucson, Arizona Dancer and writer Kimi Eisele. Photo by Jade Beall Great writers are said to "make words dance," but in Tucson, Arizona, two artists are teaching their community to make dance from words. As part of Kore Press?s Big Read , dancer/writer Kimi Eisele and poet/publisher Lisa Bowden...
Audiences engage in art therapy with the help of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Photo courtesy of Roswell Reads The High Plains Writing Project in Roswell, New Mexico is one of our Big Read communities this year---their third time with us! I recently had the chance to chat with Dr. Heidi Huckabee of...
Amherst, MA Artist Spencer Finch creates an installation as part of a residency at the Emily Dickinson Museum. The theater gels he attaches to the window shine colors onto a replica of Emily Dickinson's white dress. Photo courtesy of The Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Mass. To hear that the Emily...
Detroit, Michigan As part of Camp Dickinson, middle and high school dancers and musicians collaborate to create a performance piece inspired by Emily Dickinson?s poetry. Photo courtesy of InsideOut Literary Arts Project Last December, singer/songwriter Blair debuted his song cycle based on Emily...
Brockton, MA Massasoit Community College students create collaborative word collages and graphic poems inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry at Word-A-Palooza!, one of the Fuller Craft Museum's Big Read events. Photo courtesy of Fuller Craft Museum The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts...
Washington, DC New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recites a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Photo courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden Today most people connect the name Emily Dickinson with her poetry, but during her lifetime she was known for her skills as a gardener rather than her...

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