Middle of June

I felt the sun in so many different places since my last post. Any month, like weather, is variable. May wasn’t without great loss. I talk about this a little in my newsletter: tinyletter.com/heathervmyers.

What helps me is directing my efforts and energy into what makes me feel good. Also, creating a protected and sacred space. This takes many forms. Traveling, really just being somewhere that feels new, gives me peace of mind; my writing and art happens easier, more at ease. Old spaces can also few anew. I like revisiting what I know or where I’ve been. There’s usually more to find.

On my road trip down to Florida (where I’m staying for a little with my partner), these are a few places we stopped at: Blackwater Falls in WV; Richmond, VA; Asheville, NC; Tallulah Gorge in GA, St. George’s Island in FL, Wakulla Springs, and several places in Tallahassee, FL. Below are just a handful of photos from the visits.

Blackwater Falls and Davis, WV:

Maymont Park in Richmond:

Asheville:

Tallulah George:

Various places in Florida (Cascade Park, Tallahassee Museum, St. George’s, FSU Rez, Alfred B. McClay Garden):

The month is still early. I will start teaching again soon. I hope you make time and go out to have your adventures, too. ♡

Emily Dickinson Cento

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Today I flipped through a pocket-sized Dickinson book and decided to put some lines together with the petals from a dying bouquet.

Dickinson was one of my first poetry loves. I found her in a bin of children’s poetry books at my elementary school. It was a simple, illustrated book; I never forgot it (but I did forget the name).

While I did not come across explicit mention of Dickinson, as an undergrad research assistant I worked on transcribing boxes of letters from her correspondent Thomas Wentworth Higginson. I always hoped to see her name written out.

Last summer, I took a class on Dickinson taught by Mary Ann Samyn, and my final project involved designing dresses based on her poetry, along with a write-up of how I interacted with the poems. This was probably the most enjoyable project I’ve ever done. I used flowers and scrap materials to construct the dresses in a collage-style look book. I also used a prompt to write on the thread Emily Dickinson might’ve used to bind her fascicle. I imagined it as silver. If you’re looking for a comprehensive edition of Dickinson’s work: Christine Miller’s Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them was a pleasure to go through, and I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in her poetry. A non-required reading I’d also recommend is Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson.

I hope to visit Amherst, one day. I think this article does a good job of encapsulating fascination with Emily Dickinson: https://www.kenyonreview.org/2015/06/my-my-emily-dickinson/

I’m also including some other links for viewing / reading: