"Me! Come! My dazzled face
in such a shining place!
Me! Hear! My foreign ear
the sounds of welcome near!--Emily Dickinson
Join in a celebration of Emily Dickinson with Poet in Residence Dr. Barbara Mossberg, in honor of the poet's birthday, complete with home-made gingerbread from Dickinson's recipe.
For almost forty years, whereever she has been in the world, from Helsinki to Vermont, Pasadena to Washington, D.C., Carmel to Eugene, Professor Mossberg has presented a dramatic reading of Dickinson's life through letters and poems, taking us from the woman's bitter (hilarious) indignation in the kitchen ("My kitchen I think I called it! God forbid it was or shall be my own!") to her upstairs bedroom desk, where she reigned as an immortal (if unknown) poet. Mossberg is an internationally known scholar of Emily Dickinson who has lectured on her in more than 20 countries and whose book on Dickinson was named Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year. Mossberg publishes widely on Dickinson, and is Vice President of the Emily Dickinson International Society. Mossberg is a prizewinning poet, author, and teacher.
Mossberg said, "Dickinson is a companion on life's journey. Whatever befalls us, whatever is bestowed, she has been there, done that. It seems so. Her writing holds solace for us, illuminates our journey, its joys and sorrows, terrors and comforts. We'll round the seasons with her, experience nighit and day, love and loneliness, and nature's news.
I am looking forward to the absolute joy of representing this fesity pulsing charm machine, heart-breaking, funny, witty, and wise. I go from the professor's academic robes to a bathrobe and apron, standing at the stove, spoon in hand--then drop the spoon, pick up the pen--and the heat--and strip again to reveal a women in white, "a soul at the white heat," and we're off to immortality, as Dickinson flexes her poetic biceps, and has the best time ever.