Lecture on Jack Gilbert: Delmarva Public Radio

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 a discussion of several of Gilbert’s poems, focuses on the three great loves of Gilbert’s life and how they influenced his poetry. Originally presented on Dec. 3, 2018 at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, MD, it is now available as a Delmarva Pubic Radio podcast. Click on “Lectures & Readings” tab above.