Strong Is Your Hold

ISBN-10: 0547053665
ISBN-13: 9780547053660
Edition: 2007
Authors: Galway Kinnell
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Description: Here in paperback for the first time is the celebrated eleventh book of poems by Galway Kinnell. The books title derives from Walt Whitmans "Last Invocation": "Strong is your hold O mortal flesh, / Strong is your hold O love." In this striking  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Here in paperback for the first time is the celebrated eleventh book of poems by Galway Kinnell. The books title derives from Walt Whitmans "Last Invocation": "Strong is your hold O mortal flesh, / Strong is your hold O love." In this striking collection, Kinnell gives us poems of intermingling with the natural world, love poems and evocations of sexuality, poems about his father, his children, poet friends, poet heroes, and mythic figures. Included also is "When the Towers Fell," his stunning requiem for those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The collection also affords the singular experience of hearing the poet read his own work, with an extraordinary audio recording included on CD.

Galway Kinnell was born on February 1, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. During World War II, he served in the Navy. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1948 and a M.A. from the University of Rochester in 1949. He taught writing at many schools around the world, including universities in France, Australia, and Iran, and served as director of the creative writing programs at New York University. He wrote several collections of poetry including Body Rags, The Book of Nightmares, Walking down the Stairs, When One Has Lived a Long Time, Imperfect Thirst, and Mortal Acts, Mortal Words. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a National Book Award for Selected Poems in 1983. He also wrote one novel entitled Black Light. He died from leukemia on October 28, 2014 at the age of 87.

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