Emily Dickinson Image public domain. Only 10 of her poems were published while she lived. Who are you? If only, this picture had buzz.
Charyn looks at a lot of ways to see this revolutionary, subversive, explosive genius. Startling, inventive, and vibrant with expressive energy. A Loaded Gun is an invitation to meet Dickinson on the dizzyingly high ground of her imagination from a fellow writer who has done just that with his own writing. He is steeped in the work of Dickinson scholars and readers. For Charyn the poems are Emily Dickinson, the vital part of herself that as a woman in nineteenth-century Massachusetts she could only fully express by keeping to herself—not as someone shy of society so much as one who knew society simply could not reciprocate what she had to offer. Is Dickinson gay?
She wrote some poems, of which fewer than a dozen were published in her lifetime. She was also a prolific correspondent for most of her life, even as she cultivated a reputation for being an eccentric. It is mostly composed of excerpts from her letters and diaries, liberally sprinkled with selections from her voluminous poetic catalogue.
But the film festival scored a coup this year, by bringing Emily Dickinson all the way to Austin. Between composing reams of poetry, she falls in love with her childhood best friend Susan Susan Ziegler , only to have her true identity erased by a meddling acquaintance Amy Seimetz , acting as her posthumous publisher. Molly Shannon : Yeah, she is.