She spun her thoughts into writing in and around her home and gardens. Poems and fragments. Walks and explorations with her dog, Carlo, by her side. Lived life on her own terms, engineering an original and authentic voice that still speaks to the world.
Emily Dickinson. Read deeply about her to appreciate her work and passions. Nature and botany. Family and friends. How she wrote, what she left behind. Then visit Amherst, Massachusetts, The Homestead, where she lived, wrote, gardened. A visitor can walk in her footsteps – or pause to look out the windows where her thoughts were later captured by pen on paper. The house and grounds are relics themselves, open for those revel in her writing and thinking.
“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, point at frauds, take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep,” according to author Salamon Rushdie.
“I dwell in Possibility –” she wrote. A road trip to walk the grounds of her home was a gift sparked by knitting and reading and travel. By the way, for those who love deep learning and language, the collections kept by the Amherst College include copious materials by and about Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. (Robert Frost taught there for years.)