By Emily Dickinson

Edited by two of her friends

T. W. Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd

Second Series


Happy National Poetry Month!  In honor of this glorious April we bring you a first edition of Poems: Second Series from our own Emily Dickinson.  This is the volume with her famous “Hope is the thing with feathers” as well as this poem about the flowers that we’re all anxiously waiting for:



South winds jostle them,

Bumblebees come,

Hover, hesitate,

Drink, and are gone.


Butterflies pause

On their passage Cashmere;

I, softly plucking,

Present them here! 


This is a treasure from the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.  Visit us in the basement of Dwight to find out more!