In April 2017, poet Jonathan A. Wright and I spent an hour in silence in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. I drew nothing at the time, but Jonathan scribbled some lines and later worked them into several poems.
Over the next few weeks, I created a series of four paintings, “Emily’s Curtains,” which I included in an exhibit at the Westhampton Public Library that year, and again earlier this month at a pop-up exhibit at the Emily Dickinson Museum.
In preparation for the recent exhibit, this winter I began a new series, “Emily’s Window,” not by design but because imagining the poet and her vantage point continues to stir feelings and inspire.
Here is what I wrote to introduce Emily’s Curtains:
Emily’s Lace Curtains
I imagine myself lying in bed
or sitting at my writing table,
listening to the muffled sounds
of the household below,
taking the scenery in,
chewing on my pencil.
At times my mind races, lost
in thought. At other times
my mind is quiet.
That is when the poetry begins.