A New Selected Poems

by Galway Kinnell

Contains selected poems from: 

What a Kingdom It Was (1960) 

Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964) 

Body Rags (1968) 

The Book of Nightmares (1971) 

Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980) 

The Past (1985) 

When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990) 

Imperfect Thirst (1994)

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547524498
  • ISBN-10: 0547524498
  • Pages: 192
  • Publication Date: 09/13/2001
  • Carton Quantity: 10

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  • About the Book
    Contains selected poems from: 

    What a Kingdom It Was (1960) 

    Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964) 

    Body Rags (1968) 

    The Book of Nightmares (1971) 

    Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980) 

    The Past (1985) 

    When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990) 

    Imperfect Thirst (1994)

    Subjects

  • About the Author
  • Excerpts
    From What a Kingdom It Was 1960 

     

    First Song 

     

    Then it was dusk in Illinois, the small boy 

    After an afternoon of carting dung 

    Hung on the rail fence, a sapped thing 

    Weary to crying. 

    Dark was growing tal 

    And he began to hear the pond frogs all 

    Calling on his ear with what seemed their joy. 

     

    Soon their sound was pleasant for a boy 

    Listening in the smoky dusk and the nightfall 

    Of Illinois, and from the fields two small 

    Boys came bearing cornstalk violins 

    And they rubbed the cornstalk bows with resins 

    And the three sat there scraping of their joy. 

     

    It was now fine music the frogs and the boys 

    Did in the towering Illinois twilight make 

    And into dark in spite of a shoulder’s ache 

    A boy’s hunched body loved out of a stalk 

    The first song of his happiness, and the song woke 

    His heart to the darkness and into the sadness of joy. 

     

    Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Galway Kinnell

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