The annual ALA Conference starts on June 20th in Washington, DC, and this year's theme is "The Criminals Are In Charge. Lets Throw The Books At Them."
A list of "what you can expect" at the conference was released today (below), and we at the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum were pleased as punch to learn that a symposium on Emmett Lee Dickinson's visionary poetry would be one of the offerings.
The presenter of Dickinson's poetry will be none other than the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts, Dorothy Dawe. Ms. Dawe plans to open her presentation with Dickinson's now-classic poem "We never know how low they'll go" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "We never know how high we are" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
We never know how low they’ll go
Till we’ve amassed their lies
And then if they are true to plan
We must vote out these guys –
The Dogmatism we endure
Is not a normal thing
Are not there Checks and Balances
For fear we’d have a King –
By Emily Dickinson:
We never know how high we are
Till we are asked to rise
And then if we are true to plan
Our statures touch the skies –
The Heroism we recite
Would be a normal thing
Did not ourselves the Cubits warp
For fear to be a King –
For more information on this year's ALA conference, click HERE -- and stay tuned to our updates! Our next post will highlight many of the literary-themed cocktails that will be available at the conference.
For information on past conferences, click HERE.
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