2011-2012 Poetry Discussion Group

Poetry Discussion Group

Poetry Discussion Group 2011-2012
Third Fridays, noon - 2 p.m. (September through May)

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May (except for December), for a brown bag lunch and lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry.  A facilitator helps to navigate the deeper waters of Dickinson's poetry.  This year's theme is Poetic Pilgrimages. 

The fee for Museum members is $65 for the year or $12/session; the fee for non-members is $80 for the year or $15/session. (To become a Friend of the Emily Dickinson Museum and enjoy the member discounts, click here.)

The Poetry Discussion Group generally meets on the Amherst College campus, just blocks away from the Emily Dickinson Museum.  Specific locations will be noted for each meeting date.   

For more information, contact Valerie Gramling, program coordinator, at vgramling@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or at (413) 542-2034. 

THE 2011-2012 SCHEDULE

All programs begin at noon and end at 2 pm.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Alumni House, Amherst College
Discussion Leader: Midori Asahina

Midori Asahina is a professor at Keio University in Japan and an executive member of the Emily Dickinson Society of Japan.  During the current year, she is a visiting scholar at Amherst College and working especially on Dickinson’s letters.  She is also engaged in translating into Japanese Emily Dickinson’s poems of her later years.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Main Lounge, First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst
Discussion Leader: Eric Sawyer

The music of Eric Sawyer receives frequent performances on both coasts, including at New York’s Weill and Merkin concert halls and at Tanglewood, as well as in England, France, and Germany.  His opera Our American Cousin recently received its stage premiere from Boston Modern Orchestra Project and was released on the BMOP/sound label. A second opera, The Garden of Martyrs, with libretto by Harley Erdman of the UMass faculty, is in workshop with a full premiere expected in 2013. A chamber music collection String Works and cantata The Humble Heart (performed by New England Voices) are available on CD from Albany Records.  Mr. Sawyer has received the Joseph Bearns Prize, awards from the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a recent prize from the Ravinia Festival for his piano trio Lincoln’s Two Americas.  He is on the music faculty at Amherst College.  His teachers have included Leon Kirchner, Ross Bauer, George Edwards, and Thomas Benjamin.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Alumni House, Amherst College
Discussion Leader:  Greg Mattingly
Greg Mattingly was born and raised in Southern Connecticut, and has lived in New England for most of his life. Recently, he has moved onto a small farm in Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley. Greg is a Guide at the Emily Dickinson museum in Amherst, and is an enthusiastic student of the poet and her work.

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Friday, January 20, 2012
Alumni House, Amherst College
Discussion Leader: Harrison Gregg

Harrison Gregg is a recovering English major who worked for thirty years in administration at Amherst College.  His entanglement with the work and mysteries of Emily Dickinson has metastasized through years of participation in Museum-sponsored discussions and other programs and, most recently, as a newly-minted Museum guide.  As moderator of Amherst’s Town Meeting since 1994, Harrison is a successor to Samuel Fowler, Edward and Austin Dickinson.

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Main Lounge, First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street
Discussion Leader:  Susan Snively

Susan Snively is the author of four books of poetry: From This Distance, Voices in the House, The Undertow, and, most recently, Skeptic Traveler.  Snively, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, has taught at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College, and has received fellowships from the NEA and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. In 2008 she retired after 27 years at Amherst College, where she was Director of the Writing Center. Snively works as a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum, and is the author of the  film script, “Seeing New Englandly,” produced by Ernest Urvater, as part 2 of the series "Angles of a Landscape," for the Dickinson Museum. She has recently completed a novel, Jumbo and Little Phil,  about Emily Dickinson's love affair with her father's friend, Judge Otis Phillips Lord.

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Friday, March 16, 2012
Alumni House, Amherst College
Discussion Leader: Kaye Lindauer

Kaye Lindauer's career has included many challenging yet joyful pursuits: school librarian, adjunct professor at Syracuse University, instructor for the adult education program at University College, freelance storyteller, Special Studies instructor at Chautauqua Institution, retreat leader, and conference co-ordinator.  The focus of her work is teaching the world's great literature to adults, with an emphasis on mythology and traditional stories.  Over the past thirty years much of her teaching has combined her studies of literature with her studies in depth psychology and religion.  She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for literature-related projects.  Kaye Lindauer lives in upstate New York. 

Kaye’s topic for this meeting is “Emily Dickinson: A Journey to Wholeness.”   According to Carl Jung and the hundreds of people who continue to explore and expand his understanding of Psychological Wholeness, a person must have a strong commitment to discerning and manifesting the person they were born to be.  Joseph Campbell referred to this as "following your bliss."  Emily Dickinson lived and wrote from a deep knowing of herself and a firm calling to be a poet.  Several concepts of Depth Psychology will be introduced with a reading from a number of Dickinson's poems through the "Jungian lens."  Appreciating Dickinson against the Jungian model of the individuation process will offer new insights into her life and poetry. Her poem selections are listed below.

The outer from the inner  F450/J451
I started early took my dog  F656/J520
The brain is wider than the sky  F598/J632
Me from myself to banish  F709/J642
I tie my hat  F522/J443
I dwell in possibility  F466/J657
 It was given to me by the gods  F455/J454

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Friday, April 27, 2012 (note change of date from April 20)
Amherst College Alumni House (note change of place from Main Lounge, First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street)
Discussion Leader:  Bruce Penniman (note change from Yehudit Heller)

entry updated 4/14/12

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Friday, May 18, 2012
Emily Dickinson Museum
Rain Location:  Main Lounge, First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street

Annual Potluck Picnic!

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