The next Legacy Program for the Pequot Lakes and Crosslake libraries will be about Emily Dickinson, presented by Rhoda Jackson of Park Rapids, fittingly during Women’s History Month, on Thursday, March 14.
The program will be at 2 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center and at 6:30 p.m. at the Pequot Lakes Library.
Dickinson is one of America’s best-loved poets and perhaps one of the least understood. Jackson will present a side of Dickinson that may be unfamiliar and yet will expand the image of this American poet who seemed so isolated and focused on death.
She has created the program portraying the poet primarily using Dickinson’s own words from her letters and poetry.
Dickinson was quite well-known in her hometown of Amherst for her gifts of flowers and baked goods that she often sent to neighbors, along with a verse or two. In addition to 1,800 poems, she wrote thousands of letters in her 55 years.
The majority of these were written when Dickinson was in her late 20s and early 30s. By the time she turned 35, she had written more than 1,100 poems and had recorded 800 of these in small hand-sewn booklets.
Jackson’s dramatic presentation finds Dickinson at age 34 in 1865 as she returns to her childhood home in Amherst, Mass. The Civil War has ended and Dickinson has started creating her booklets of poems.
This is a free Legacy Program funded in part or whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage