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© Lise Utne
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Robie Hobley, Emily Dickinson enthusiast, 2002. (Scanned silver gelatine print.)

Commemorating the death of Emily Dickinson, there is an annual mid-May guided walk in Amherst, MA, the small American town where she was born and lived all of her life (1830-1886). This particular year (2002), the day was a cold one, with sleet and hail in the air, and the official tour was cancelled. A small party of us went on an improvised walk all the same. This photo was taken immediately after Robie Hobley had read out one of his favourite Dickinson poems:

"Some keep the Sabbath going to Church - / I keep it, staying at Home - / With a Bobolink for a Chorister - / And an Orchard, for a Dome - // Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice - / I, just wear my Wings - / And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church - / Our little Sexton - sings, // God preaches, a noted Clergyman - / And the sermon is never long, / So instead of getting to Heaven, at last - / I'm going, all along."
(# 236, Franklin edition)

14 responses

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    laughing, dying, reading, going, staying -- almost feel "all the same" here as long as they're 'true'... so we might just follow what we feel it is, instead of observing what we've been taught it should be... beautiful picture

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (21 Aug 2009):

    I like the juxtaposition in this photograph of life and death.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (21 Aug 2009):

    Thank you for your thoughts and feedback, Dana and Charles! And for adding as a favourite, everyone!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    He had to be happy with this one.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    Very nice!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    Great shot!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    Absolutely love it Lise...

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    a good laugh to lighten up the sinister environment

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful tribute; excellent character shot, tribute, and love the tones in this.

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    What a great tribute to Emily Dickinson. She would be pleased. Secretly, of course.

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   said (15 Sep 2009):

    Come see our new play about Emily Dickinson call "Tell it Slant". It's a world premiere with music. Moe at www.thepear.org

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (15 Sep 2009):

    I'd love to, Ray -- but a bit too far to travel.

    Thank you all for your encouragement in the form of words and/or faves!

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin (Deleted) gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    this is one of my favs from your work .... brilliant and film too

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    really nice tribute and capture of the moment

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