‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
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Emily Dickinson’s handwritten poems as art

‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
The new book, “The Gorgeous Nothings,” features color reproductions of Emily Dickinson’s writings on envelopes. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
The poems from these envelopes oftentimes served as “drafts” of poems that eventually became Emily Dickinson’s published poetry. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
The differences between the envelopes and the final form the poem by Emily Dickinson would take varied: some are altered, others are unchanged. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
Some drafts featured in “The Gorgeous Nothings” include an extra couplet from Emily Dickinson that is missing from the final version. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
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The envelopes used for Emily Dickinson’s poetry were from letters received in the mail. Dickinson would slit open the envelopes and use the inside to write her scraps of poetry. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
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Emily Dickinson’s poetry molded itself to the size of the paper; even the tiniest scraps of envelope would hold a poem. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
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The photos of these envelopes show some of Emily Dickinson’s writing process, whether it’s crossed-out words, boldly written lines or the segmentation of her thoughts while writing, as shown here. (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
‘The Gorgeous Nothings’
“The Gorgeous Nothings” features 52 of these envelopes and Emily Dickinson’s writing, along with full annotations of the poetry.  (Frost Library / Amherst College / New Directions)
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