Oh, Emily

June 25, 2022

We haven’t read the book (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin), but in the interest of all-things-poetry, we feel obliged to tell you that Emily Blaster is here. If you are already a gamer, or are looking to improve your hand-eye coordination as you memorize the words of “Hope” is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson, Emily Blaster is your ticket. Read the article in Smithsonian Magazine or play Emily Blaster now.

poetry is everywhere

November 21, 2021

Chicago is home to the Poetry Foundation and the American Writers Museum, so perhaps it should not be surprising to find poets and poetry seeping into every aspect of life in the Windy City. Indeed, at 201 West Madison, downtown, in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, you can self-park in The Poetry Garage.

There, instead of struggling to remember whether your car is parked on 4 or 5, you have Emily Dickinson or W.H. Auden to remind you. Plus, while you’re waiting for the elevator, there’s a poem to read, courtesy of the floor’s official poet.

Built in 1988, with a facade designed by Lucien Lagrange, the self-park structure was rebranded as The Poetry Garage in 2011.

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Thanks to Rick Lupert and The Poetry Superhighway for the heads up!

Dickinson

November 10, 2021

We mentioned this forthcoming series back in 2018, so perhaps it’s time for an update. The third and final season of “Dickinson” premiered Friday, November 5, 2021, with new episodes streaming on Apple TV each Friday through December 24, 2021. For an episode-by-episode recap, visit Wikipedia; for a recent review, visit Vulture.

Tell It Slant

September 6, 2021

Formerly known as the Amherst Poetry Festival, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free, annual celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson. The 2021 Festival, September 20-26, will be an entirely virtual event featuring workshops, panels, and readings, as well as the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic online reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems. You can see the schedule and registration information here.

math-po

May 28, 2021

It has been nearly ten years since we mentioned Sea and Spar Between, the poetry generator created by Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland, which uses words from Emily Dickinson’s poems and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The information on the how to read page is very instructive.

There’s technology and mathematics involved here, and if you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and math, definitely have a look at Kaz Maślanka’s site, Mathematical Poetry (use the sidebar to navigate). You might also check out Maślanka’s home page, which is loaded with intriguing maps of that intersection. For example, Verbogeometry: The confluence of words and analytic geometry.

There’s more than one way to make a poem!

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image by Kazmier Maślanka

walk with Emily

May 7, 2021

Perhaps next year the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk will be live and in person once again, but for now, those of us not in Massachusetts can easily join in the annual event. “Called Back”: A Virtual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk will happen on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 8:30am Pacific (11:30am Eastern). Registration is required, and free, with donations gratefully accepted.

festival season

September 10, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts) and beyond. This year’s festival will be held remotely, and will take place September 14-20, 2020.

The schedule is out now and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson, and as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon.

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for individual programs in advance.

Send Emily a postcard

December 6, 2019

Emily Dickinson‘s birthday is December 10 and to honor the occasion, The Emily Dickinson Museum, in Amherst, Massachusetts, invites you to send Emily a postcard.

Postcards received by December 10 will be displayed in a special exhibition, “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson.” (Just learned about this; sorry for the late notice.)

The details and address are here.

on approach…

September 17, 2019

Back in December, we noted that a new Apple TV program, Dickinson, was casting for its 10-episode series. In case you’ve been waiting, feathers a-fluff, you can now watch a trailer for the show. You, and Emily, might be surprised at what’s in store.

Water by Salmon*

August 18, 2019


2019 Merit Award
By Phelps McIlvaine
After Emily Dickinson’s “WATER IS TAUGHT BY THIRST”

As life is taught by death,
and the Sun by Space,
So, Clouds are taught by Land
and Rains by Place.

As Mountains are taught by Plains,
and Rivers by Lakes,
So, Trees are taught by Soils,
And Elements by their Weight.

As Deserts are taught by Shores,
and Ocean Waves by Wind,
So, Depth is taught by height,
and Tides by Celestial Spin.

As Sound is taught by Silence,
and Insight by Reason,
So, humans are taught by Water
and Water, by Salmon.

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*Copyright 2019 by Phelps McIlvaine. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

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