Read The New Yorker on our current show - Dickinson/Walser: Pencil Sketches. On view through January 12!
"“Much Madness is divinest Sense / To a discerning Eye,” wrote the belle of Amherst. The sentiment is borne out in this exhibition, which asks us to consider the manuscripts of two intense and deeply private writers as drawings and not merely as drafts. Dickinson wrote in a gawky, widely kerned hand, often on a diagonal, on envelopes and ledger pages. Walser, a Swiss modernist, favored a micrographic variant of the antique Prussian script known as Sütterlin, and fit entire stories into a square inch or less on calling cards and telegrams. The curator Claire Gilman’s contention that these writings have value as art objects is stronger in Walser’s case than in Dickinson’s, but the show argues persuasively that the literature of both authors attained its power, in part, through the formal constraints of the pencil and the page." - The New Yorker
Image: Emily Dickinson, We Talked With Each Other About Each Other, c. 1879, Amherst Manuscript #514. Pencil on Envelope, 1 sheet, 5 1/10 x 7 9/10 inches (13 x 20 cm). Courtesy The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.
The American Word Book, 1897.
From a special edition of 15 copies of Frank O’Hara’s Meditations In An Emergency (1957), which included an original drawing/collage by Grace Hartigan.
via Yale Library
Celebrate the poetry and teaching of Marie Ponsot with her alma mater
St. Joseph’s College. The new Writer’s Foundry MFA there carries on
Ponsot’s teaching legacy.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
The University Club, 1 West 54th St.,
NYC. Business attire required.
RSVP to Sally Solis, Ssolis@sjcny.edu or 718 940-5732.