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Contributions by Emily Dickinson:

“The Bustle in a House”

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Why this poem? An answer by artist Jenny Bevill Not surprisingly with Dickinson, it’s a sad story. My mom died in May after a short but intense and completely unexpected battle with cancer. I’d been trying to write thank you notes to all the people who helped us out during her illness but I just hadn’t been able to do it. I was overwhelmed with not knowing how to express my feelings. Then I read …

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“Wild nights”

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Why this poem? An answer by artist Meghan Keane What grabbed me about this poem was its obvious double entendre. It’s not just about sailing a ship…. What Dickenson achieves in the poem is akin to what my artistic practice strives to do: transform details from everyday life (ED: ships, MK:hair, whiteout) into subtle yet exquisite, borderline seductive experiences. Visceral, even. This drawing of curly hair (pubes? possibly. possibly not.) interspersed with whiteout fragments is …

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“I never hear the word ‘escape'”

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Why this poem? An answer by artist Elizabeth Terhune Like many people, I respond to Dickinson’s incredible compression, her inventiveness. In this case, I particularly liked how the poem opens up at the end (by quieting down a bit?). Also, her wildly fun sense of image and language. “A quicker blood.” “A flying attitude.” The poem has a resonant interiority to it, but she keeps playful. It is both intensely personal, her vulnerability is felt, …

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