Galway Kinnell

(1 February 1927 / Providence, Rhode Island)

Galway Kinnell Poems

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


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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St. Francis And The Sow

The bud
stands for all things,
even those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch

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