When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

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A collection of poems ranging from melancholy meditations of a solitary mind concerning estrangement and the longing for reconnection to the natural world and its creatures closely observed.
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Overview

A collection of poems ranging from melancholy meditations of a solitary mind concerning estrangement and the longing for reconnection to the natural world and its creatures closely observed.
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In Pulitzer Prize-winner Kinnell's tenth book of poems, the author, now in his seventh decade, confronts his own mortality: ``everything sings and dies,/ But it could be, too, everything dies and sings.'' There is a somber, reflective tone to most of this collection except for the wildly humorous ``Oatmeal,'' in which Kinnell creates a tableau of himself sharing a bowl of porridge with John Keats. There are many of Kinnell's trademark long poems, including the title poem, where phrases pile on top of one another to evoke a vivid world. But there are several short gems as well, including ``Divinity,'' in which conciseness helps forge the very intensity of the poem. Nature, love, the long arm of memory; these poems prove that for the poet ``time suffered/ is not necessarily time destroyed.'' Recommended.-- Doris Lynch, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732815
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 69
  • Sales rank: 259,037
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Galway Kinnell lives in Vermont and New York City. He has been the director of an adult education program in Chicago, a journalist in Iran, and a field worker for the Congress of Racial Equality in Louisiana. During the past twenty years he has taught poetry at colleges and universities in this country and in France and Australia. His Selected Poems, published in 1982, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former MacArthur Fellow and has been State Poet of Vermont. He is currently Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University.
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    She grasped cobwebs. Placing them on the wound, she grimanced slightly. "Youll be ok..m"

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