The Gorgeous Nothings

A late winter afternoon, curled up with The Gorgeous Nothings .  This is a book of 52 envelope writings by Emily Dickinson–a beautiful collaboration between literary historian Marta Werner and visual artist Jen Bervin. Each “scrap”, each envelope photographed and transcribed.  This is perhaps my favorite photobook of 2013.

The Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson

The Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson

The Gorgeous Nothings page 152-153

The Gorgeous Nothings A531
Without a smile-
Without a Throe
+ A Summer’s soft
Assemblies go
To their entrancing
end
Unknown- for all
the times we met-
Estranged ,however
intimate-
What a dissembling
Friend-
+ Do- our-
Nature’s soft

A252 The Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson

A252 The Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson
In this short life
that only lasts an hour
merely
How much- how
little- is
within our
power

A 821

Clogged
only with
Music, like
the Wheels of
Birds
Afternoon and
the West and
the gorgeous
nothings
which
compose
the
sunset
keep
their high
Appoint
ment.
A821- a paper collage

Savoring the Gorgeous Nothings

Savoring the Gorgeous Nothings

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