Excerpt Tuesday – I’m Nobody – Dickinson

I'mNobodyIIII’m nobody! Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?

~ Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Ms. Kerfe Roig’s amazing collage for the WWII POW poem “Second Autumn” (you can see what I mean here) inspired me to revisit the one and only time I have incorporated fiber into an illustration. I would like to do more with fiber in terms of art – and have been lugging a large bag of yarn inherited from a great aunt around the country as a sort-of testament to my unrealized aspirations in this realm. I am hoping by reposting this I will motivate myself…we shall see!

A mere eight lines that stand in such contrast to the literary touchstone she has since become, Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”  has gone on to be one of her most popular poems. Read the whole poem here. Drawing (charcoal on paper), stitching, and composition by me.


  1. Brilliant poem…..brilliant art.
    My mind made the leap to the phrase so often used in the 60s…a mantra in the civil rights movement….I Am, SomeBody!
    Tipping my second cup this morning to your amazing talent!


    1. Thank you so much for the compliments! You made my day!

      I love that association – a mantra that gives voice and visibility – a beautiful evolution of this poem.


    1. Thank you! It is my great pleasure – saying I inspired more art and/or poetry is one of the highest compliments you can pay me! This project greatly increased my admiration for everyone who works with fiber – it was a simple line down the drawing, but it took many many hours to do (worth it!).

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