A Quiet Passion

Good news: The Emily Dickinson bio-pic, A Quiet Passion, is available at the Vineland Public Library. Check it out and discuss at next meeting in September.


Next Meeting

We meet again in September, the 16th I believe. Homework: stream or rent the CD of “A Quiet Passion” the bio-pic about Emily Dickinson; be ready to discuss the movie!  I admit to some confusion concerning some events in this movie; maybe Nancy can enlighten us in this conversation.

Joy Harjo

A Native American writer, mostly poetry, that I recently came across.

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is a wonderful collection of poems- check it out.

“Some humans say trees are not sentient beings,
But they do not understand poetry–“

From Speaking Tree, a poem in the collection “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings”

Discover Marilyn Nelson

Interesting poem by a poet I had not known before listening to On Being radio show on NPR. Check out the interview (audio and transcript) here:

How I Discovered Poetry
By Marilyn Nelson

It was like soul-kissing, the way the words
filled my mouth as Mrs. Purdy read from her desk.
All the other kids zoned an hour ahead to 3:15,
but Mrs. Purdy and I wandered lonely as clouds borne
by a breeze off Mount Parnassus. She must have seen
the darkest eyes in the room brim: The next day
she gave me a poem she’d chosen especially for me
to read to the all except for me white class.
She smiled when she told me to read it, smiled harder,
said oh yes I could. She smiled harder and harder
until I stood and opened my mouth to banjo playing
darkies, pickaninnies, disses and dats. When I finished
my classmates stared at the floor. We walked silent
to the buses, awed by the power of words.

Marilyn Nelson, “How I Discovered Poetry” from The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 by Marilyn Nelson