Priscilla Gilman - The Art of Losing

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Priscilla Gilman - Sun, April 14, 2:00-3:30pm, Harrison Public Library


The Art of Losing

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop writes in the first line of "One Art", her poem about loss, time, illness and aging, death, grief, and the redemptive powers of memory and art.

We'll discuss one of Bishop's greatest poems as an act of nostalgia, elegy, memory, and memorialization, a meditation on the nature of romantic love and its loss via break-up, divorce, or death, an exploration of loss and mourning, a gesture of healing and acceptance, a reflection on mortality, an affirmation of the value of poetry.

How do we confront and cope with loss, whether it be the seemingly mundane misplacing of keys or the waste of precious time, the loss of a job, a home, a time in one's life, good health, a beloved person, a dream or ideal? Bishop's poem will spark a profound and spirited conversation about topics that matter most.

Priscilla Gilman

Priscilla Gilman grew up in New York City and received her B.A. and PhD in English and American literature from Yale University. She is a former professor of English literature at both Yale and Vassar College.

Gilman writes regularly for publications including “Daily Beast, “New York Times, and “Huffington Post,” and speaks frequently at schools,conferences, and organizations about parenting, education, and the arts.

She lives in New York City with her family. “The Anti-Romantic Child” was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book.


This event is made possible through the “Conversations Bureau”, a new program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

"Conversation Bureau" discussions are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.