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Emily Dickinson

Washington, DC New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recites a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Photo courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden Today most people connect the name Emily Dickinson with her poetry, but during her lifetime she was known for her skills as a gardener rather than her...
Washington, DC "book" by Eddi 07 via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/eddi_07/ / CC BY 2.0 ) . . . are all chiming in today on The Big Read blog in honor of National Poetry Month! Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but...
Washington, DC Great Hall. Detail of cherubs representing the literary genres [Poetry is in the middle holding the scroll] on the Grand staircase by Philip Martiny. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. February may be the shortest month of the year, but it seems twenty-...
Washington, DC Amherst, Massachusetts in 1886 by the Burleigh Lithograph Company, from Library of Congress collection . With New Year's resolutions very much on everyone's mind, I'm struck by this quote by Emily Dickinson, taken from a letter to her brother. I have dared to do strange things, bold...
Washington, DC General view of Cairo , Egypt, circa 1893 from Library of Congress collection. Much is made of the depth of Emily Dickinson's understanding of the world and of human character, given that she never traveled very far from her family's home in Amherst, Massachusetts. It turns out that...
Washington, DC http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaxzone/ / CC BY-NC 2.0 A few words from the authors of The Big Read to kick off the new year. Happy 2010 everyone! Hope is the thing with feathers/that perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words,/And never stops at all . . . --- Emily...
Postcard of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1886 . From Library of Congress collection. "I find ecstasy in living---the mere sense of living is joy enough." -- Emily Dickinson Visit The Big Read website to learn more about Emily Dickinson and her work.
August 31 , 2009 Washington, DC Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was one of 72 organizations that helped take The Big Read nationwide in 2007. Louisvillians read, discussed, and celebrated Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God . (Photo courtesy Louisville Free Public Library...

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