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The Gorgeous Nothings : Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems - Emily Dickinson

The Gorgeous Nothings

Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems


Published: 29th October 2013
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The Gorgeous Nothings — the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever to appear — is a deluxe edition of her late writings, presenting this crucially important, experimental late work exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes. A never-before-possible glimpse into the process of one of our most important poets.The book presents all the envelope writings — 52 — reproduced life-size in full color both front and back, with an accompanying transcription to aid in the reading, allowing us to enjoy this little-known but important body of Dickinson’s writing. Envisioned by the artist Jen Bervin and made possible by the extensive research of the Dickinson scholar Marta L. Werner, this book offers a new understanding and appreciation of the genius of Emily Dickinson. 110

About the Author

Arguably America’s greatest poet, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen of her eighteen hundred poems during her lifetime.

Jen Bervin’s work includes The Dickinson Composites, The Desert, and Nets.

Marta Werner’s books include Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing and Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts.

Acclaimed poet Susan Howe, winner of the last Bollingen Prize, is the author of the seminal work, My Emily Dickinson.

"The Gorgeous Nothings claims our attention with a new Emily Dickinson. This edition itself is a work of art." -- Susan Howe "This exquisitely produced book [The Gorgeous Nothings]-lovingly curated by Bervin and Werner-allows you to encounter Emily Dickinson's 'envelope poems' in full-color facsimile for the first time. It's an experience suspended between reading and looking, of toggling between those two modes of perception, and it thoroughly refreshes both." -- Ben Lerner - The New Yorker "The first and immediate shocks are in the words, with other, lingering, aftershocks following in the visual details of their settings. The great thing about [The Gorgeous Nothings] is, of course, that it gives us all of this, complete." -- Holland Cotter - The New York Times "Visual poets around the world will soon be mining these endlessly suggestive fragments." -- Marjorie Perloff - Times Literary Supplement "This book is a rare gift for all poetry lovers." -- Craig Morgan Teicher - NPR "The beautiful reproduction, on the pages of The Gorgeous Nothings, of what might seem only negligible scraps of waste paper brings us closer to the restlessness of the constantly thinking poet who, in her later years, repeatedly seized her pencil and a fragment of an envelope to write about the lowliest and the most exalted states of being." -- Helen Vendler - New Republic "This book is a testament to the lasting power of Dickinson's work and a new insight into the way her work arose. It's suitably gorgeous production and lyrical accompanying essays make it a treat for the eye and the mind. " -- The Australian "An insightful new volume, The Gorgeous Nothings, edited by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner, also provides a fascinating glimpse of Dickinson by assembling images documenting the poetry she scrawled on repurposed envelopes - envelopes that have themselves been elevated to a new sort of art." -- Chicago Tribune "The Gorgeous Nothings is one of the most ambitious, important literary feats of the year. It's stunning, revelatory, and it functions as a key text to Dickinson's oeuvre: seeing it demands a tectonic shift in the way we read her, brings her back to us even more extremely idiosyncratic than we could have guessed." -- The Rumpus "[The Gorgeous Nothings] opens up an aspect of her craft that suggests she was, in the so-called late ecstatic period of her career, experimenting with creating texts in relation to the visual, spatial, and technological possibilities of her medium-composing in response to the confines of her writing world rather than despite it." -- Quarterly Conversation "The Gorgeous Nothings is proof that one of our most important poets can still amaze and teach us new thing about the practice of poetry." -- Tupelo Quarterly

ISBN: 9780811221757
ISBN-10: 081122175X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th October 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.0 x 24.5  x 3.0
Edition Number: 1