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  • I originally picked the name, Emily, for a doll I bought when I was going through an emotional period in my life. My therapist at the time suggested I purchase a doll to represent my young self so that I could work through some of my issues of emotional abandonment. I picked the name because I thought it was not a beautiful name. I thought I was not a beautiful child. I felt homely and so I gave my doll a homely name.

    Years later I experienced a creative renaissance and started writing poetry. I wrote furiously at first, generating 60+ poems my first year. I guess I had a lot of catching up to do! I liked my new voice and the feeling of wonder at what I could express. I wanted to have a pen name since my real name does not have much of a ring to it. So I chose Emily as a tribute to my girl-self finally finding expression and Bloom as the blossoming voice that I had finally learned to nurture.

    I now think Emily is a warm, inviting wonderful name. Perhaps homey but never homely.
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