Tonight I am in Love: Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute
Poet Dorianne Laux will travel virtually to The Homestead in Amherst, the home of Emily Dickinson, to celebrate Dickinson’s birthday. After a virtual tour of Emily’s bedroom at The Homestead, Laux will read from Dickinson’s poetry as well as her own.
With language that is at times sensually earthy then heavenly lyrical, Dorianne Laux’s poems share their wisdom and beauty like a slowly opening rose. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including Only as the Day is Long, a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. She teaches poetry at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. Laux is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a recipient of the Paterson Prize.
Laux will also offer a virtual workshop on Wednesday, December 9 from 6:30-7:30pm EST. The workshop, titled Perception of an Object Costs, will consider the object using Emily's ideas and style in concert with model poems by contemporary women poets. The title comes from Dickinson’s own poem. The cost for the workshop is $75, with a discount for Folger Poetry subscribers. Spaces are available separately for Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) participants and for those who can only participate on a sliding scale. Please contact Teri Cross Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Death Comes to Me Again, a Girl
Death comes to me again, a girl in a cotton slip.
Barefoot, giggling. It’s not so terrible, she tells me,
not like you think: all darkness and silence.`
There are wind chimes and the scent of lemons.
Some days it rains. But more often the air
is dry and sweet. We sit beneath the staircase
built from hair and bone and listen
to the voices of the living.
I like it, she says, shaking the dust from her hair.
Especially when they fight, and when they sing.
From Only as the Day is Long: new and selected poems. Reprinted with permission of BOA Editions, Ltd. www.boaeditions.org.
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This reading is co-sponsored with The Emily Dickinson Museum.
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