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What happens when you die? A poetic inquiry


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Death, a kindly gentleman riding in a horse carriage, comes to collect a woman for her journey to the afterlife. So begins Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” an exploration of both the uncertainties of death and its inevitability. Dive into one of Dickinson’s most celebrated works, which speaks to life’s greatest mystery: what happens when you die?

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Meet The Creators

  • Poet Emily Dickinson
  • Director Petra Balekić
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Sound Designer Andrea Martignoni
  • Music Andrea Martignoni
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Editorial Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott

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