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Galway Kinnell (1927–2014)

Autor(a) de The Book of Nightmares

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About the Author

Galway Kinnell was born on February 1, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. During World War II, he served in the Navy. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1948 and a M.A. from the University of Rochester in 1949. He taught writing at many schools around the world, including universities mostrar mais in France, Australia, and Iran, and served as director of the creative writing programs at New York University. He wrote several collections of poetry including Body Rags, The Book of Nightmares, Walking down the Stairs, When One Has Lived a Long Time, Imperfect Thirst, and Mortal Acts, Mortal Words. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a National Book Award for Selected Poems in 1983. He also wrote one novel entitled Black Light. He died from leukemia on October 28, 2014 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Galway Kinnell

The Book of Nightmares (1971) 406 exemplares
The Essential Rilke (1999) 235 exemplares
A New Selected Poems (2001) 210 exemplares
Selected Poems: Galway Kinnell (1982) 195 exemplares
The Essential Whitman (1987) — Editor — 143 exemplares
Strong Is Your Hold (2006) 131 exemplares
Imperfect Thirst (1994) 120 exemplares
Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980) 81 exemplares
Body Rags (1968) 77 exemplares
The Past (1985) 56 exemplares
Collected Poems (2017) 55 exemplares

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,268 exemplares
The Poems of Francois Villon (1960) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,059 exemplares
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contribuidor — 774 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 762 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contribuidor, algumas edições446 exemplares
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor — 393 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições385 exemplares
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (2001) — Contribuidor — 356 exemplares
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contribuidor — 336 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições109 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Selected Poetry, 1937-1990 (Wesleyan Poetry) (1994) — Tradutor — 20 exemplares
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Possibilities of Poetry: An Anthology of American Contemporaries (1970) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
New World Writing 14 (1950) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
The Paris Review 96 1985 Summer (1985) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Rainer Maria Rilke em Someone explain it to me... (Abril 2015)


Whitmanesque, yep, though like if Walt had been infected with a strain of Southern Gothic. "The nagleria eating the convolutions from the black pulp of thought", yech.

Brothers and sisters;
lovers and children;
great mothers and grand fathers
whose love-times have been cut
already into stone; great
grand foetuses spelling
the past again into the flesh's waters:
can you bless - or not curse -
whatever struggles to stay alive
on this planet of struggles?
The nagleria eating the convolutions
from the black pulp of thought,
or the spirochete rotting down
the last temples of Eros, the last god?
- from There Are Things I Tell to No One
… (mais)
lelandleslie | 1 outra crítica | Feb 24, 2024 |
Clearly great and yet not quite for me. Another day, another mood...
Kiramke | 1 outra crítica | Jun 27, 2023 |

I was first introduced to Galway Kinnell in graduate school nearly 30 years ago, and for some time, he was my favorite poet. I recall coming home for spring break and I was asked to say a blessing before dinner. I recited Kinnell's "Prayer":

Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is is what
I want. Only that. But that.

My stepmother's wide-eyed gaze was my answer to that prayer.


I had not read Body Rags for some time; it has been collecting dust along with all of the rest of my Kinnell collection. I found my way back to Body Rags while reading Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing. On page 116, Owens cites snippets of "this one by Galway Kinnell"--a poem that is otherwise untitled.

I did care...
I did say everything I thought
In het mildest words I knew. And now,...
I have to say I am relieved I tis over:
At the end I could feel only pity
For that urge toward more life.

I recognized this poem as part of "The Correspondence School Instructor Says Goodbye To His Poetry Students," and I could not recall the volume from which it came. I ultimately found it in Body Rags. (As an aside, this snippet was in a chapter in Crawdads titled "Crossing the Threshold: 1960." That date seemed early to me for this poem; I confirmed that Body Rags was first published in 1965. But I digress.)

So I dusted off the cover and began to read, again. I'd always liked "Instructor" for both its humor and commentary on the poet's work and craftsmanship. Ironically, it is this same poem that clarifies my own apostatizing from Kinnell, the poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award Winner. From the second stanza:

...And now,
in this poem, or chopped prose, not any better,
I realize, than those troubled lines...


"The Porcupine" has long been one of my favorite Kinnell poems. I repeat its first stanza here:

on herbs, swollen on crabapples,
puffed up on bast and phloem, ballooned
on willow flowers, poplar catkins, first
leafs of aspen and larch,
the porcupine
drags and bounces his last meal through ice,
mud, roses and goldenrod, not the stubbly high fields.

The language ("bast", "phloem", "catkins", "larch") is as unique as the title, and flows with mellifluous "l"s ("swollen", "phloem", "ballooned", "willow flowers", "larch") whose playfulness with alliterative bouncy "b"s ("herbs", "crabapples", "bast", "ballooned", "bounces") creates an image of a porcupine waddling along. No doubt it is "poetic" language. But is it poetry? How is this stanza different from Kinnell's own "chopped prose" reassembled below?

Fatted on herbs, swollen on crabapples, puffed up on bast and phloem, ballooned on willow flowers, poplar catkins, first leafs of aspen and larch, the porcupine drags and bounces his last meal through ice, mud, roses and goldenrod, not the stubbly high fields.


Poetry requires structure and meter. Free verse is art; it can be beautiful language; but it is not poetry. It is, as Kinnell himself allows, "chopped prose". On that basis, Body Rags is a strong collection of chopped prose.
… (mais)
RAD66 | Nov 12, 2020 |
The late Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014) was a Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate of the state of Vermont. This giant tome covers 68 years of Galway Kinnell's poetry, dated from 1946 to 2014. The writings are organized in chronological order by the year published and feature over 250 poems, including one of my favorites: After Making Love We Hear Footsteps

For I can snore like a bullhorn
or play loud music
or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman
and Fergus will only sink deeper
into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash,
but let there be that heavy breathing
or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house
and he will wrench himself awake
and make for it on the run—as now, we lie together,
after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies,
familiar touch of the long-married,
and he appears—in his baseball pajamas, it happens,
the neck opening so small he has to screw them on—
and flops down between us and hugs us and snuggles himself to sleep,
his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child.

In the half darkness we look at each other
and smile
and touch arms across this little, startlingly muscled body—
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.

Note: I received an advance reading copy from Goodreads and Houghton Mifflin.
… (mais)
hianbai | 1 outra crítica | May 28, 2020 |



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