Today is poet Emily Dickinson’s 185th birthday. Let’s celebrate, shall we?
Drawing of Emily Dickinson as a child
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”-Emily Dickinson
Book cover of Poems by Emily Dickinson, 1890
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Nancy Cunard-poet, publisher, and activist-was famously fashion-forward. In this photo, she looks like she could step out of the current issue of any high fashion magazine.
Nancy Cunard, looking quite editorial.
That sleek belted-jacket is everything, with the statement necklace and her signature piled-on bracelets both coming in a close second.
Poet Anne Sexton was born on 9 November 1928.
- “I am a collection of dismantled almosts.”
- “Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”
- “Writers are such phonies: they sometimes have wise insights but they don’t live by them at all. That’s what writers are like…you think they know something, but usually they are just messes.”
I love her intelligence and expressiveness in this photo.
Dylan Thomas was born on 27 October 1914:
Dylan Thomas by Jessica Dismorr, 1935.
…the poet Marianne Moore.
Marianne Moore by George Platt Lynes, 1 February 1935.
The Dutch poet was born on 25 October 1859.
Hélène Swarth. Engraving by E.A. Tilly, 1889.
“I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of fabric is governed by gravity.”-Marianne Moore
Poet Wallace Stevens was born on 2 October 1879.
“It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.”
“One must read poetry with one’s nerves.”
“Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.”