It's been a stunning week in the fields of publishing and art. First, a long-lost novel by Harper Lee was discovered, followed by a long-lost book by Dr. Seuss. Shortly afterward, news spread of a new work on Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. then the New York Times reported the discovery of two new works by Cezanne – and the news did not stop there! The week of discoveries ended with a finding that rocked the world of poetry when Ginny Doosly Dugan of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, brought a book to a taping of PBS' Antiques Roadshow.
When she and Antiques Roadshow host Mark "Markey Mark" Wahlberg were thumbing through the book, a small scrap of paper used as a bookmark fell out of the book. The scrap of paper included an original haiku in the handwriting of Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed – at her request), and on the other side, Dickinson had written out an enigmatic note to himself, "Called back – to Amherst."
The addition of the scrap piece of paper with Dickinson's handwriting increased the value of the find to more than $5,000,000 – the highest appraisal in the show's history.
An "s"? Or no "s"?
What's the plural of "haiku"?
A cricket chirrups.
Dickinson invented the format of the Haiku, based on the "7-10 split" in bowling: seven syllables between two lines of five syllables (or "10 split"). He called the new form of poetry "Haiku," the Japanese word for "bowling." More information on this is found HERE.
The inclusion of this bookmark with The Emmett Lee Dickinson Book increased the appraised value to more than $5,000,000.
Above right: On the opposite side of the paper is was an enigmatic message written in Dickinson's handwriting: "Called back – to Amherst."