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Sandra M. Gilbert

We have the distinct privilege of having well-know scholar, Sandra M. Gilbert, on Goshen Campus.  She is best known for her work editing the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.  As well as being a world class scholar, she has also published multiple books of poetry.  We are honored to have her visit.

She will be giving a lecture titled “Finding Atlantis: Thirty Years of Discovering Women’s Literary Traditions” this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Newcomer Center 19.  The event is free and open to the public, so any and all are welcome.

Below is one of her Poems

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The New Tree

knows the pain of inching into life:
its new buds seem to swell like nubs of blood
on the arms of the Y of sticks that stand so light
and all alone in a flattened-out black plot.
Not a speck of green in the three-foot-wide surround
of soil James the gardener hacked and raked –
it’s too soon, even here, for weedy ground,
just time for these twigs of plum to trickle red
into little spots of blossom — then the pink
innocuous petals ruffling in the yard,
pastel baby banners of a spring
of purple leaves that haven’t happened yet,
though somewhere in, or under, the flayed thin
skin of the new tree they wait and plan.

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