On the Poetry of Galway Kinnell: The Wages of Dying

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Galway Kinnell is one of the key voices of a rich generation of American poets--those who were born in the 1920s and gained critical recognition in the 1960s. In some ways representative of that group, Kinnell strikes his own extraordinary chord--a union of sensuous detail, rich music, vulnerable passion, personal experience felt through to mythic layers, and a long and brooding meditation on time and morality.

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Galway Kinnell is one of the key voices of a rich generation of American poets--those who were born in the 1920s and gained critical recognition in the 1960s. In some ways representative of that group, Kinnell strikes his own extraordinary chord--a union of sensuous detail, rich music, vulnerable passion, personal experience felt through to mythic layers, and a long and brooding meditation on time and morality.

This book gathers the best and most representative writing on Kinnell. The material ranges from the caustic to the celebratory; from a chronicle of reviews to essays that describe the shape of a career and a vision; from analyses of individual poems to a reminiscence of the friendship between Kinnell and fellow poet James Wright; from early notices of his first book to several new essays written especially for this volume. What emerges is a full, many-faceted, many-toned consideration of the poet and his work.

Contributors include Harold Bloom, Louise Bogan, Joseph Bruchac, James Dickey, Tess Gallagher, Donald Hall, and William Matthews.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472093762
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1988
  • Series: Under Discussion Series
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Weight of Words, the Road between Here and There 1
Chronology 19
Pt. 1 Three Overviews
Galway Kinnell 25
The Poetry of Galway Kinnell 29
The Rank Flavor of Blood: The Poetry of Galway Kinnell 45
Pt. 2 Book Reviews
From "Five First Books" [What a Kingdom It Was] 65
From "Verse" [What a Kingdom It Was] 67
From "Wonders of the Inner Eye" [Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock] 68
From "Plath, Jarrell, Kinnell, Smith" [Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock] 70
From "The Poet as Novelist" [Black Light] 72
From "Poets and Anthologies" [Body Rags] 74
From "Making It New" [Body Rags] 75
The Bear in the Poet in the Bear [Body Rags] 76
From "The Makers and Their Works" [The Book of Nightmares] 82
Under the Freeway, in the Hotel of Lost Light [The Book of Nightmares] 84
On Climbing the Matterhorn: Monadnock [The Book of Nightmares] 88
From "In the Direct Line of Whitman, the Indirect Line of Eliot" [The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World] 93
From "Autobiography of the Present" [The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World] 96
Galway Kinnell's Walking Down the Stairs 98
Straight Forth Out of Self [Mortal Acts, Mortal Words] 104
That Backward-Spreading Brightness [Mortal Acts, Mortal Words] 107
A Poet with the Flame of Greatness [Selected Poems] 119
Selected Poems 122
From "Kumin and Kinnell (and Kilmer)" [Selected Poems] 126
The Past 129
From "Songs of Science" [The Past] 130
Pt. 3 Appraisals - Notes and Essays
Fragments 135
From "The Dominant Poetic Mode of the Late Seventies" 138
From "Galway Kinnell" 140
Slogging for the Absolute 143
From "Text as Test" 157
From "Language Against Itself: The Middle Generation of Contemporary Poets" 169
Galway Kinnell and the Old Farmer 178
Pt. 4 Focus on Poems
From "Ecclesiastical Whitman: On 'The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World'" 187
Kinnell's Legacy: On "The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World" 191
I Have Come to Myself Empty: Galway Kinnell's Bear and Porcupine 203
The Structure of Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares 210
Of Father, of Son: On "Fergus Falling," "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps," and "Angling, a Day" 227
On the Tennis Court at Night 242
Trusting the Hours: On "Wait" 251
From "The Poem as a Reservoir for Grief": On "Goodbye" 256
Knowing and Not Knowing 266
Pt. 5 A Reminiscence
Sitting on Top of the Sunlight 275
Bibliography 285
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