Kinnell, Galway 1999

Monday, November 15, 1999

In the evening
haze darkening on the hills,
purple of the eternal,
a last bird crosses over,
‘flop flop,’ adoring
only the instant.

– Galway Kinnell, “Another Night in the Ruins”

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Listen to Galway Kinnell’s 1999 reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Juniper and cedar in the sand.
The lake beyond, here deer-meat smoking
On a driftwood fire. And we two
Reaching each other by the wash of blue
On the warm sand together lying
As careless as water on the land.

– Galway Kinnell, “The Feast”

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Listen to this Minnesota Public Radio interview with Galway Kinnell:

MPR: Poet Galway Kinnell reflects on mortality

‘Mortality makes everything worth more to us,’ says Galway Kinnell. In his 12 volumes of poetry, Kinnell, 78, has spent a lot of time writing about mortality.

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