Eve Grubin, the recipient of an AHRC funded TECHNE scholarship, is writing a practice based PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston Univiersty: Boat of Letters: Emily Dickinson, Her Contemporaries and the Poetics of Reticence. Her book of poems Morning Prayer was published by the Sheep Meadow Press, and The House of Our First Loving, a pamphlet / chapbook was published by Rack Press. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Republic, PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry International and elsewhere, and her essays on contemporary American poets and poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals.

Emily Dickinson and the Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: The Poetics and Politics of Reticence

When discussing nineteenth-century American women poets, the term ‘reticence’ has been used, almost exclusively, by critics since the 1980s, to refer to poetic strategies that resulted from ‘psychic conflict and anxiety’[1]: women’s literary articulation was suppressed by the patriarchal system, and society demanded reticence in writing by women (e.g. elimination of anger, sexual feelings, and ambition in their work). Continue reading