“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” ~ Emily Dickinson
On December 10, 2017, Emily Dickinson turned 187 years new.
On December 11, I attended an Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Poet Sandra Gilbert (Professor Emerita of English at the University of California, Davis, literary critic and poet) explored the contemplation of death and grief in Dickinson’s poetry and her own.
When I get some time in the future, I'll write about the event and provide a list of Dickinson's poems presented.
As noted above, the focus of the event was the exploration/contemplation of death and grief in Dickinson’s poetry (and Ms. GIlbert's). For now, I'll pose a question: If you were to select and present TEN of Dickinson's poems on death and grief, which poems would you choose?
Also coming soon: I was able to spend some time today in Washington, DC, before driving home, and I was able to visit the Library of Congress and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. There were lots of connections to Emily Dickinson and Emmett Lee Dickinson, so I'll have plog (poetry blog) posts about all of that soon!
Shout out to John-Michael on AirBnB. I stayed in one of his rooms during my quick trip to DC, and the room was very clean and comfortable. I did not meet John-Michael on this trip, but I suspect he was a hotelier in some former life and he did not miss any details to make me feel comfortable.
If you have planning a trip to DC and would like to stay in the Capitol Hill area, I highly recommend John-Michael's accommodations.