Lunch For the Mind 

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“I’m Nobody! Who are you?” Emily Dickinson: Her Life and Her Poetry.

The Civic Engagement Education Team invites you to join us on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 at the Granby Senior Center where we, along with David Garnes, will examine Dickinson’s place in world literature, as well as review aspects of her fascinating life and the remarkable posthumous recognition she has achieved.

Emily Dickinson was the daughter of an eminent lawyer and politician living a reclusive, privileged life in a mansion in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts. She was virtually unpublished during her lifetime but is recognized today as one of the world’s great writers. Along with Walt Whitman, she re-defined American poetry of the 19th century and her worldwide influence on 20th century and contemporary poets is unsurpassed.

We will read and discuss several of her poems together, examine Dickinson’s poetic technique, her break with tradition and reasons why she speaks to us today more than ever before. Participation in this presentation is encouraged and several handouts will be distributed to attendees.

Mr. Garnes is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of essays From My Life: Travels And Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. He earned his master of library science and master of arts degrees from Columbia University and has taught at Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and is currently at Manchester Community College. Mr. Garnes has been a part-time guide and former house manager at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA for many years. 

Please register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost is $5. Bring your own lunch to class (beverage and dessert provided).