Sensual Images of Writer Emily Rapp & the Words of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton

~ Beautiful Soul ~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Beautiful Soul ~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”

Sylvia Plath

 

Writer Emily Rapp in Golden Lace Vintage Dress ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Writer Emily Rapp in Golden Lace Vintage Dress ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” 

Anne Sexton

 

~ The Beautiful Back of Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ The Beautiful Back of Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

“If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.

You leave the same impression 

Of something beautiful, but annihilating.” 

― Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition

 

 

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you.” 

Sylvia Plath

 

 

~ The Beautiful Emily Rapp `Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ The Beautiful Emily Rapp `Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Water so clear you could
read a book through it.
Water so buoyant you could
float on your elbow.
I lay on it as on a divan.
I lay on it just like
Matisse’s Red Odalisque.
Water was my strange flower,
one must picture a woman
without a toga or a scarf
on a couch as deep as a tomb.
from the poem ~ The Nude Swim
by Anne Sexton

 

~ The Beautiful Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ The Beautiful Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.” 

Anne Sexton

~ Emily Rapp & Golden Lace ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Emily Rapp & Golden Lace ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

 

“What did my arms do before they held you?”
 Sylvia Plath

~ The Lovely Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ The Lovely Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“The standards for what is “normal” have become so formalized and yet so restrictive that people need a break from that horrible feeling of never being able to measure up to whatever it is they think will make them acceptable to other people and therefore to themselves. People get sick with this idea of change; I have been sick with it. We search for transformation in retreats, juice fasts, drugs and alcohol, obsessive exercise, extreme sports, sex. We are all trying to escape our existence, hoping that a better version of us is waiting just behind that promotion, that perfect relationship, that award or accolade, that musical performance, that dress size, that raucous night at a party, that hot night with a new lover. Everyone needs to be pursuing something, right? Otherwise, who are we?How about, quite simply, people? How about human?”
  Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World

 

 

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Mad Girl’s Love Song
 I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
 
The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
 
I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
 
God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
 
I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
 
I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)” 
Sylvia Plath
~ Beautiful Soul, Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Beautiful Soul, Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

 

Emily Susan Rapp (born July 12, 1974) is an American memoirist. When she was six years old, she was chosen as the poster child for the March of Dimes, due to a congenital birth defect that resulted in the amputation of her leg. As of 2013, she has written two memoirs, including one that presents her life as an amputee and the another that tells the story of the birth of her child and his diagnoses of Tay-Sachs disease. She is a former Fulbright scholar and recipient of the James A. Michener Fellowship. As of 2013, she is a professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

AN INTERVIEW WITH EMILY RAPP • Book Slut

http://www.bookslut.com/features/2013_03_019940.php

Requiem

Emily Rapp’s

‘Still Point of the Turning World’

The New York Times • Sunday Book Review

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/books/review/emily-rapps-still-point-of-the-turning-world.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer ESperanza

~ Writer Emily Rapp ~ Photo © Jennifer ESperanza

 

 

see how important I am.” ~ Sylvia Plath

16 Comments

  • Amy Lindquist

    26.08.2013 at 09:17 Reply

    WOW! wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow

  • Norm Morrison

    26.08.2013 at 09:26 Reply

    Your photo’s are remarkable and very sensual, and I always enjoy them. These particular photo’s are very meaningful to me because like your subject I too am an amputee. It’s hard to articulate this but for me your photo illustrates that we are “whole” people in a way that words cannot. Since I spend spring through fall almost exclusively in a pair of shorts it is very evident that I have a prosthetic leg and you get used to the looks from people who are wondering what it is, wondering what happen or just thinking that you are different because of your physical appearance. The looks don’t bother me, but it would also be nice to catch peoples attention for other reason’s than because they find me abnormal in some way. Sometime people think that we are “less than” in some way because we are missing a limb and it could apply to other physical abnormalities I’m sure.

    Thank you for showing this part of us…that we have all the qualities and desires of those who do not have limbs made out of fiberglass, carbon fiber, exotic metals and wood.

    • Jennifer Esperanza

      26.08.2013 at 09:49 Reply

      Oh Norm ~ thank you so much for your words & sharing your personal & moving story with me. Yes we are all Whole & we are Souls. Emily inspire me to no sand. She & I were in spinning class together for over a year. No matter what she does, she gives it her all.
      Much Love & Kindness to you. Thank You from my heart, Jen

  • tanya

    26.08.2013 at 10:03 Reply

    Blown away by you and Emily. Stunning, powerful and taboo busting.

    • Jennifer Esperanza

      26.08.2013 at 12:24 Reply

      Thank You Tanya ~ A Deep & Loving Bow ~ What else is there but to Love each other ~ xox

  • Eleanor Cathleen O'Brien

    26.08.2013 at 11:48 Reply

    The juxtaposition of the words and images is beautiful. Really captured the sensual and wistful and fierce nature of all of these women. Thank you for your work.

  • Astrid Allan

    26.08.2013 at 12:34 Reply

    Breathtaking and most beautiful and sensual photography, I love this series. There is a reason why I fell in love with your photography at first glance…xox

  • Jennifer Esperanza

    26.08.2013 at 17:00 Reply

    Oh Astrid ~ Thank You my dearest friend ~ xox & I Love you ~ your family & your work … xox, Jen

  • Deborah

    27.08.2013 at 14:10 Reply

    Simply beautiful. I love her own words…. Stirring combination of your photographs and those words.

  • victoria

    27.08.2013 at 21:24 Reply

    Riveting layers of the feminine..brave soulful team of two. What a beautiful story unveiled, brava. Jen, you flesh out the back story in your genre like no other..freeing the broken and setting captives free. xxxxxo.v

    • Jennifer Esperanza

      27.08.2013 at 21:33 Reply

      Oh Victoria ~ what a profound & lovely statement. Thank You for seeing my heart in my work.
      Deep Love to You,
      Jen

  • Paolo

    17.07.2014 at 15:32 Reply

    You are simply beautiful and wonderful! Greetings from Italy!

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