Sandra M. Gilbert

Kissing the Bread:
New and Selected Poems 1969-1999

This stunning new collection documents some thirty years of Sandra M. Gilbert’s career as a poet, from her sometimes fearful, sometimes exuberant early visions through her feminist awakenings and her explorations of memory and desire to a range of recent poems mapping the meanings of grief, survival, and regeneration.

Writes Shirley Kaufman, “This is a time for gratitude and celebration. Sandra Gilbert’s new and selected poems, dazzling in their range of personal and worldly experience, are a lesson in living.” Adds Susan Hahn, “Sandra M. Gilbert’s poetry breaks my heart and rebuilds it at the same time. I can’t think of a finer poet writing at this millennial moment.” And Robert Fagles observes that “When Sandra Gilbert kisses the bread, the things of this world come rising up in poems of transformation - lust into longing, burial into birth, elegy into fresh, lyric life.”

Selected Works


"Skill and passion intersect in this treasure house of a book." -Maxine Kumin

“Sandra Gilbert’s poems are beautifully situated at the intersection of craft and feeling. Belongings is a stellar collection by a virtuoso with heart.” —Billy Collins
Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969-1999

“Richly patterned poems by one of America’s finest poets.”
-Virginia Quarterly Review
Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

"Gilbert practices a criticism that is careful, precise and methodical in its execution and radically, almost joyfully, revisionist in its intention" -The Washignton Post
On Burning Ground: Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry

"The essays assembled in On Burning Ground display Gilbert's astonishing range and explore poetics, personal identity, feminism, and modern and contemporary literature."
Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve

". . . brilliantly combines literary and cultural criticism with the intimacy of memoir."
-Joyce Carol Oates
". . . a sensitive and sensible masterpiece."
-Starred Review Library Journal
Wrongful Death: A Memoir
“An enduring contribution to the literature of grief.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A kind of medical detective story.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer
Poetry anthology
Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies
A collection of poetic responses to loss - both consolation and inspiration to any reader.