Jorie Graham’s haunting, questioning poems of the inner life share a severity and quickness of perception with Emily Dickinson’s work. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Graham received praise from James Tate for taking on “nothing less than the whole body of our history, reshaping myth in ways that risk new knowledge.” Her poetry collections include Never, Swarm, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974–1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Click here to listen to Jorie Graham talk about what to listen for in Emily Dickinson’s poetry from her Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute Reading on December 13, 1994.
Click here to listen to Jorie Graham read Emily Dickinson’s “I know that he exists” at her Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute Reading on December 13, 1994.
Click here to listen to Jorie Graham read her poem “Studies in Secrecy” at her O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize Reading on October 29, 1996.