As a Queer Woman and a Writer, Apple TV+'s Dickinson Makes Me Feel Seen

As a Queer Woman and a Writer, Apple TV+'s Dickinson Makes Me Feel Seen
There are plenty of ways in which I don't relate to Emily Dickinson, and more specifically, the Apple TV+ version of America's beloved 19th century poet. I'm not from New England, and I don't come from a wealthy family. Although I dabble in poetry, I primarily write short fiction and nonfiction. Unlike Hailey Steinfeld's Emily Dickinson, who often juggles romantic feelings for multiple people simultaneously, I've been intentionally single for years. Still, as a queer woman and a writer, Dickinson makes me feel more seen than any show I've watched recently - maybe ever.

Dickinson hilariously brings to life the particular type of singular focus that lives in the minds and bodies of most creative writers. Frequently throughout the series, Emily fails to live fully in the present moment because she's thinking so deeply about one of her poems. Inspiration strikes her randomly - sometimes in the middle of the night,
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