The poet Jack Gilbert, who died in 2012, was an anomaly in the poetry world. After winning The Yale Prize–perhaps the most prestigious award for a young poet’s first book–and being photographed for Vogue magazine, he became a “poetry celebrity” almost overnight. But he quickly grew disenchanted with the “po-biz” world and left the U.S. for Europe, where he lived in obscurity for many years, writing his poems and publishing very little. My lecture, which includes slides and a discussion of several of Gilbert’s poems, will focus on the three great loves of Gilbert’s life and how they influenced his poetry. Free and open to the public: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Talbot County Free Library, Easton, MD.