Galway Kinnell

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Galway Kinnell (born February 1st, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island) is one of the most influential American poets of the latter half of the 20th century.


  • A boy's hunched body loved out of a stalk
    The first song of his happiness, and the song woke
    His heart to the darkness and into the sadness of joy.
    • First Song (1983)
  • The appeal to heaven breaks off.
    The petals begin to fall, in self-forgiveness.
    It is a flower. On this mountainside it is dying.
    • Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1976)
  • The sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
    from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:
    the long, perfect loveliness of sow.
    • Saint Francis and the Sow (1986)
  • I take a wolf's rib and whittle
    it sharp at both ends
    and coil it up
    and freeze it in blubber and place it out
    on the fairway of the bears.
    • The Bear (1974)

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