Picked up two important books for performing Subject Index at the Berlin SOUNDOUT! Festival next week, today.
1) a very beautifully produced volume of selected Emily Dickinson poems in German translation from the Carl Hanser Verlag
2) a new copy of the Thomas H. Johnson edition, ready for me to break into it with 5 days of live reading.
I wanted to start with a fresh copy, to give me the feeling of first walking on fresh snow again as I begin to read, and although I won’t be reading from the German, I thought it might be handy to have up my dress-sleeve for any conversations with German speakers about Emily D which arise.
Actually, I think Colin Herd and I might attempt some bilingual presentation of Emily D at our night at the Das Gift bar on Wednesday, as he’s a German speaker. More details to come on that.