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The MS of My Kin Janet Holmes

The MS of My Kin

Janet Holmes

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ISBN : 9781848610354
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180 pages
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If you write out The Poems of Emily Dickinson and erase some of the letters very neatly and precisely, you can get to The ms of my kin- the manuscript of my kin, as it were- the manuscript of my family. It might also be said to be the manuscript ofMoreIf you write out The Poems of Emily Dickinson and erase some of the letters very neatly and precisely, you can get to The ms of my kin- the manuscript of my kin, as it were- the manuscript of my family. It might also be said to be the manuscript of my kind. The practice of erasure was most famously accomplished (and perhaps invented) by the British artist Tom Phillips in his book A Humument (an erasure of a Victorian novel titled A Human Document) and later, by the American poet Ronald Johnson, who erased Miltons Paradise Lost into a book called Radi os. In Phillipss books-he did more than one version of A Humument-the artist created paintings over each page of the novel, reserving only certain words that told a different story than did the original work. (A new character, called Toge, emerged from the word together, for example.) Johnson, a poet, simply removed the words he did not wish to use as if whiting them out-the remaining words stood in the same relationship to each other as they did in the original poem. (Janet Holmes)