Thursday, April 9, 2009

Emily Dickinson Marathon Reading

This is the kind of stunt that makes Buffalo great.
Karpeles Manuscript Museum (453 Porter Avenue)
April 11, 8:00 a.m. until we are finished (@ 9:00 p.m.)

On Saturday April 11, as part of National Poetry Month, the University at Buffalo Department of English is sponsoring a marathon community reading of all 1789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems beginning with the early valentine “Awake ye muses nine” and ending with an undated reflection on the “magical frontier” between beauty and death, or pleasure and sorrow, which begins “The saddest noise, the sweetest noise” and ends with the stanza:

An ear can break a human heart
As quickly as a spear.
We wish the ear had not a heart
So dangerously near.

Come join us in reading all 1789 of Dickinson's poems 1:00-1:30, Unitarian Universalist Choir will perform Leo Smit settings of selected poems!

Celebrity readings: The Community Marathon Reading will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the participation of Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, actress Josephine Hogan, and John Simpson, President of the University at Buffalo.

Throughout the day, readers will include high school teachers, ministers, actors, prize-winning poets, and leaders of the Buffalo business, education, and arts communities.

This reading will be free and open to the public. Please come, bring your friends, and be ready to enjoy hearing this famous poet’s words in the voices of your friends and members of the Buffalo community.

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