The Flapper Press Poetry Café has launched a new series of articles about favorite lines of poetry and the poets who wrote them. We’re reaching out to the poets and writers who have submitted or been featured on our site, and we would like to extend an invitation to you!
In the subject line of your email, please provide:
Your Name, State or Country—Selected Poet’s Name—Date of Submission
In the body of your email, please include:
A paragraph that about why you like the work of your selected poet
Your favorite line(s) of poetry from the poet you selected
A brief bio and photo of yourself
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Annie Klier Newcomer, Kansas—Emily Dickenson—3.21.23
Emily Dickinson speaks to me, not only through her extraordinary use of language but because her poetic talent (while not hidden) was not properly acknowledged nor was she encouraged to publish. Such were the times for a woman. Indeed, during her lifetime, she was known more for her engagement with botany. Also, when her work was finally published after her death, editors felt a need to “improve” her work by changing her format and dropping punctuation she envisioned in her pieces. Fortunately, decades later, this was corrected. Some fun facts: 1) Musicians from all over the world have put her words to music (just Google it). 2) You can “rent” a “sweet hour” in Emily Dickinson's creative space, where she penned her startling poetry and honed her revolutionary voice.
Poetic lines that touch my heart are:
I dwell in Possibility
That it will never come again, is what makes it sweet.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Annie Klier Newcomer founded a not-for-profit, Kansas City Spirit, that served children in metropolitan Kansas for a decade. Annie volunteers in chess and poetry after-school programs in Kansas City, Missouri. She and her husband, David, and the staff of the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are working to develop The Emily Dickinson Garden in hopes of bringing art and poetry educational programs to their community. Annie helms the Flapper Press Poetry Café—dedicated to celebrating poets from around the world and to encouraging everyone to both read and write poetry!