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Emily Dickinson ‘Fragments’ Collaged By Janet Malcolm

By Harriet Staff


Today at Slate, Rebecca Onion frames a series of collages clipped and pasted by author/artist Janet Malcolm, and on display at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City through February 8th. The collages combine select “fragment” poems of Emily Dickinson with a load of other source material. From Slate:

Janet Malcolm, author of The Journalist and the Murderer and, most recently, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, is also a collage artist. Her most recent collection, “The Emily Dickinson Series,” juxtaposes clippings of Dickinson’s “fragment” poems, taken from scholar Marta Werner’s 1996 book Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios, with pieces cut from astronomy textbooks, found photographs, and other ephemera.

Alice Gregory pointed out in Slate last year how heavily Malcolm’s writing leans toward quotation and allusion. The collages do much the same work, with the images excavating meaning from the slim Dickinson poems. “Something in Dickinson’s words evoked the night sky,” Malcolm reflects in Granta’s Winter 2014 issue, where some of the collages appear. “It seemed almost obligatory that images of stars and plants and moons accompany her gnomic utterances.”

Head over to Slate to check it all out!

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.