Lois 2009This blog is my response to poems by Emily Dickinson.

The first time I was introduced to Dickinson’s poetry, in the early 1970s, my response was amazement. Poems stunned me by communicating on a level I had thought was inexpressible.

I became an almost-daily reader as much because of their down-to-earth quality as by their precision. This combination creates for me a source of art (to inspire and challenge) and pragmatism I find everlastingly new.

I don’t often, on this blog, make general statements about the poems because I know readers can find professions of “I love Emily” in various and sundry forms by the millions. However, I think the everyday relevance in Dickinson poetry as a distinguished but companion traveler, is a neglected idea.  I am particularly interested in presenting poems to bereaved parents and siblings, survivors of incest and others in life crises.

I am not offering critical essays, nor literary analysis.

My reason to do this blog is to call attention to the mentoring value of poems by Dickinson – trainer, teacher, tutor, instructor. For they have taught and provided me courage for decades.  Even if you’re not inclined to “crack your head” on a difficult poem, I invite you to share with me the habit of a few minutes each day to see what I and others have found so uniquely enriching.

I am the mother of three, grandmother of two, bereaved parent of a sunshiny-free-spirited 16-year-old.

Age: 64.  Height: 5’5″. Weight: About right.

Pets: Cocker Spaniel named Forrest Gump.  Dachshund named Maggie Mae

I used a B.A. in journalism from The University of Oklahoma from 1981 to 1993 in Tennessee, both as a newspaper journalist and freelance business writer.   Then, I worked as a wholesale manufacturers’ representative in home accessories and gifts; retail and retail management for about 18 years.

9 Responses to “Bio”

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    Hi Lois. You are welcome to quote me in your blog. Thank you for asking, and for finding something in my writing that touched you. I’ll add you also, sounds as if we have more than loss in common. Peace and blessings,

    Connie Spicer

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