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".
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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- Blackberry Eating
- After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
- The Cellist
- St. Francis And The Sow
- Poem Of Night
- Two Seasons
- Vapor Train Reflected in the Frog Pond
- The Perch
- Telephoning In Mexican Sunlight
- How Could You Not
- Fergus Falling
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''this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making,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...
sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake,
this blessing love gives again into our arms.''
''after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies,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...
familiar touch of the long-married,''
''A boy's hunched body loved out of a stalkGalway 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...
The first song of his happiness, and the song woke
His heart to the darkness and into the sadness of joy.''
''There is something joyous in the elegiesGalway Kinnell (b. 1927), U.S. poet. Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (l. 25-28). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed...
Of birds. They seem
Caught up in a formal delight,
Though the mourning dove whistles of despair.''
''The appeal to heaven breaks off.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...
The petals begin to fall, in self-forgiveness.
It is a flower. On this mountainside it is dying.''
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