The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems


We were surprised to learn that the great poet Emily Dickinson often wrote her poems on envelopes, a household memo, the back of a Western Union telegram. The fragments of salvaged paper that held her astonishing poems —many of them experimental work —  have been collected in this beautiful edition by editors Jen Bervin and Marta Werner.  Writes Bevins:

Sometimes Dickinson’s writing fills the space of the envelope like water in a vessel or funnels into the triangular shape of the flap…

The Gorgeous Nothings is a full-color facsimile edition of Dickinson’s late writings, reproduced life-size in full-color front and back, with an accompanying transcription to aid in reading them. For poetry lovers, and those interested in the creative process, it makes a sublime gift.

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