Galway Kinnell

(1 February 1927 / Providence, Rhode Island)

Galway Kinnell Poems

1. The Correspondence School Instructor Says Goodbye To His Poetry Students 11/27/2014
2. The Still Time 2/19/2015
3. The Man Splitting Wood In The Daybreak 4/3/2012
4. Burning 4/3/2012
5. Another Night In Ruins 4/3/2012
6. Lastness 4/3/2012
7. Flower Herding On Mount Monadnock 4/3/2012
8. The Bear 4/3/2012
9. Why Regret 4/3/2012
10. Rapture 4/3/2012
11. Parkinson's Disease 4/3/2012
12. Fergus Falling 1/13/2003
13. Little Sleep's-Head Sprouting Hair In The Moonlight 1/13/2003
14. Vapor Train Reflected In The Frog Pond 1/20/2003
15. Telephoning In Mexican Sunlight 1/13/2003
16. The Perch 1/13/2003
17. How Could You Not 1/13/2003
18. Poem Of Night 1/13/2003
19. Two Seasons 1/13/2003
20. The Cellist 1/13/2003
21. Daybreak 1/13/2003
22. St. Francis And The Sow 1/13/2003
23. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps 1/13/2003
24. Blackberry Eating 1/13/2003
25. Oatmeal 1/13/2003
26. Wait 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Galway Kinnell

Wait

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven't they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness...

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How Could You Not

-- for Jane kenyon


It is a day after many days of storms.
Having been washed and washed, the air glitters;
small heaped cumuli blow across the sky; a shower
visible against the firs douses the crocuses.
We knew it would happen one day this week.
Now, when I learn you have died, I go

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