“Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
Lighthouse – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor
This little postcard was from another reference from jlloren at WetCanvas. This is what Joel had to say about the photo… “The northern most province of the Philippines is Batanes. Here is their light house courtesy of my friend, Irah.”
I almost didn’t use a sharpie on this one, but ended up doing part of it.
While Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly
enclosed poems in letters to friends, she was not publicly recognized
during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published
posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.
Upon her death, Dickinson’s family discovered 40 handbound volumes of
nearly 1800 of her poems, or “fascicles” as they are sometimes called.
These booklets were made by folding and sewing five or six sheets of
stationery paper and copying what seem to be final versions of poems in
an order that many critics believe to be more than chronological. The
handwritten poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and
directions (some are even vertical). The poems were initially unbound
and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors,
removing her unusual and varied dashes and replacing them with
traditional punctuation. The current standard version replaces her
dashes with a standard “n-dash,” which is a closer typographical
approximation of her writing. Furthermore, the original order of the
works was not restored until 1981, when Ralph W. Franklin used the
physical evidence of the paper itself to restore her order, relying on
smudge marks, needle punctures and other clues to reassemble the
packets. Since then, many critics have argued for thematic unity in
these small collections, believing the ordering of the poems to be more
than chronological or convenient. The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (Belknap Press, 1981) remains the only volume that keeps the order intact.