The English Department will host a marathon reading of Emily Dickinson‘s poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month.
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Wonder—is not precisely knowing
And not precisely knowing not—
A beautiful but bleak condition
He has not lived who has not felt—
--excerpted from Poem 1347 (Franklin edition)
On Friday, April 25, the English Department, in conjunction with the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library and the Luann Dummer Center for Women, will host a marathon reading of Emily Dickinson‘s poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month. Everyone’s invited to help bring the words of the poet to life.
The goal: To read aloud all of Dickinson’s poems — from #1 to #1,789 — between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Readers can come and go as they please, by staying for a half-hour or making a day of it. Participants will sit in a circle and take turns reading; listeners are welcome too.
Nearly 100 readers are expected to take a turn with a poem, and you can join them. Even if you’re pretty busy, remember: Dickinson’s poems are very short, so reading one could take less than a minute!
Readers will use Ralph W. Franklin’s The Poems of Emily Dickinson. If you don't have this version, loaner copies generously donated by Common Good Books will be on hand.
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