At the Intersection of Poetry and Music

Four adaptations of poems set to music: some tender, some bizarre, all personal homages to poems and their masters. Enjoy! “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” by Emily Dickinson Composed by Israeli singer-songwriter Efrat Ben Zur. I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell! They’d banish…

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The Big Read: Get Talking About Books

One of the things I miss most about graduate school is the time to luxuriate in conversation with intelligent, engaged people about literature.  Inevitably, someone had a different take on some element of the book that made me re-evaluate my own position or, conversely, helped me feel more confident about an interpretation. In a recent…

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A New Look at Emily Dickinson

For years, scholars have had only one image of the enigmatic Emily Dickinson to go by–that of the poet as a sixteen year-old, taken in 1847 (above). In that time, observers have been unable to help themselves from forming certain ideas of the poet, given this picture of a heavy-lidded, pale, and fragile looking adolescent, coupled…

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