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The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

In her late experimental works, Emily Dickinson parceled out her poetry one word at a time on envelope fragments and discarded paper. The Gorgeous Nothings, a facsimile of her “envelope-poems,” offers insight into Dickinson’s later years and creative process, and is a celebration of the poet’s famous economy: The title comes from Dickinson’s manuscript A 821: “the gorgeous | nothings | which | compose | the | sunset | keep.” But it also “offers a reminder to the rest of us non-Dickinsons in the world. It’s not your materials that matter or even your scope. We all have envelopes, and pens, and scattered (and non-grocery-list-related) thoughts. We all have tiny moments we can transform into gorgeous nothings.” —O Magazine

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By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor), Susan Howe (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780811221757
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Published: New Directions / Christine Burgin - October 29th, 2013