Envelope Poemsby Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
Although a very prolific poetand arguably America’s greatestEmily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen of her eighteen hundred poems. Instead, she
Another gorgeous copublication with the Christine Burgin Gallery, Emily Dickinson'sEnvelope Poemsis a compact clothbound gift book, a full-color selection from The Gorgeous Nothings.
Although a very prolific poetand arguably America’s greatestEmily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen of her eighteen hundred poems. Instead, she created at home small handmade books. When, in her later years, she stopped producing these, she was still writing a great deal, and at her death she left behind many poems, drafts, and letters. It is among the makeshift and fragile manuscripts of Dickinson’s later writings that we find the envelope poems gathered here. These manuscripts on envelopes (recycled by the poet with marked New England thrift) were written with the full powers of her late, most radical period. Intensely alive, these envelope poems are charged with a special poignancyaddressed to no one and everyone at once.
Full-color facsimiles are accompanied by Marta L. Werner and Jen Bervin’s pioneering transcriptions of Dickinson’s handwriting. Their transcriptions allow us to read the texts, while the facsimiles let us see exactly what Dickinson wrote (the variant words, crossings-out, dashes, directional fields, spaces, columns, and overlapping planes).
The first and immediate shocks are in the words, with other, lingering, aftershocks following in the visual details of their settings. The great thing about [The Gorgeous Nothings] is, of course, that it gives us all of this, complete.
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Meet the Author
Arguably America’s greatest poet, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen of her eighteen hundred poems during her lifetime.
Jen Bervin’s work includes The Dickinson Composites, The Desert, and Nets.
Marta Werner’s books include Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing and Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts.
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