Galway Kinnell

(1 February 1927 / Providence, Rhode Island)

Galway Kinnell
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Galway Kinnell is an American poet. He was Poet Laureate of Vermont from 1989 to 1993. An admitted follower of Walt Whitman , Kinnell rejects the idea of seeking fulfillment by escaping into the imaginary world. His best-loved and most anthologized poems are "St. Francis and the Sow" and "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps".

Biography

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Kinnell said that as a youth he was turned on to poetry by Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, drawn to both the musical appeal of... more »

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  • ''this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making,
    sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake,
    this blessing love gives again into our arms.''
    Galway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps (l. 21-23). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann a...
  • ''after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies,
    familiar touch of the long-married,''
    Galway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps (l. 10-11). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann a...
  • ''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.''
    Galway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. First Song (l. 16-18). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''There is something joyous in the elegies
    Of birds. They seem
    Caught up in a formal delight,
    Though the mourning dove whistles of despair.''
    Galway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (l. 25-28). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed...
  • ''The appeal to heaven breaks off.
    The petals begin to fall, in self-forgiveness.
    It is a flower. On this mountainside it is dying.''
    Galway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (l. 75-78). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed...
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