When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

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by Galway Kinnell
     
 

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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.See more details below

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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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679732815
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Pages:
69
Sales rank:
1,463,563
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.24(d)

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