Ann Knickerbocker
My work is shifting, now, as my surroundings change from the city of San Francisco to this seasonally- and geographically-varied part of New England. A way in for me -- to new work -- has been the space and light in smaller works (smaller -- 5" x 7" or 14" x 17" --because created in an extension of our kitchen), "The Kitchen Sink Notebooks."

But, because I am also quite near Amherst, the home of Emily Dickinson, I am working on re-seeing her poetry.

When Dickinson died, her sister found 40 bound packets, known to scholars now as “fascicles,” roughly 5” x 8,” consisting of folded leaves of paper tied together with string; several poems were hand-copied and bound into each fascicle. In the very first editing, the fascicles were all disbound. One of the transcribers ripped out passages in the poems and letters, and inked over one full poem. Other editors replaced words, changed the appearance on the page of poems, and created “normal” punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Even the most well-intentioned scholars and editors cannot un-alter Emily Dickinson’s life and work.

But, we do have the appearance of Dickinson's poems on the manuscript pages. I am looking again at her spacing, her writing, and working on getting back to ... Emily Dickinson. Pictured: the left side of "Missing Emily," (the front is photographed in my paintings folder), made for Marin Museum of Contemporary Art's Altered Book and Book Arts Exhibition, a museum fundraiser taking place in April and May, 2015.