New Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0618154450

ISBN-13: 9780618154456

Edition: 2001

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Description: That Silent Evening I will go back to that silent evening when we lay together and talked in silent voices, while outside slow lumps of soft snow fell, hushing as they got near the ground, with a fire in the room, in which centuries of tree went up in continuous ghost-giving-up, without a crackle, into morning light. Not until what hastens went slower did we sleep. When we got home we turned and looked back at our tracks twining out of the woods, where the branches we brushed against let fall puffs of sparkling snow, quickly, in silence, like stolen kisses, and where the scritch scritch scritch among the trees, which is the sound that dies inside the sparks from the wedge when the sledge hits it off center telling everything inside it is fire, jumped to a black branch, puffed up but without arms and so to our eyes lonesome, and yet also--how can we know this?--happy! in shape of chickadee. Lying still in snow, not iron-willed, like railroad tracks, willing not to meet until heaven, but here and there treading slubby kissing stops, our tracks wobble across the snow their long scratch. So many things that happen here are really little more, if even that, than a scratch, too. Words, in our mouths, are almost ready, already, to bandage the one whom the scritch scritch scritch, meaning if how when we might lose each other, scratches scratches scratches from this moment to that. Then I will go back to that silent evening, when the past just managed to overlap the future, if only by a trace, and the light doubles and casts through the dark a sparkling that heavens the earth.

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

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.

Contents Author's Note xi FROM What a Kingdom It Was 1960
First Song
For William Carlos Williams
Freedom, New Hampshire
The Supper After the Last
The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World
FROM Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock 1964
The River That Is East
For Robert Frost
Poem of Night
Middle of the Way
Ruins Under the Stars
Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock
FROM Body Rags 1968
Another Night in the Ruins
Vapor Trail Reflected in the Frog Pond
The Burn
The Fly
The Correspondence School Instructor Says Goodbye to His Poetry Students
How Many Nights
The Porcupine
The Bear
FROM The Book of Nightmares 1971
Under the Maud Moon
The Hen Flower
The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible
Little Sleep's-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight
Lastness
FROM Mortal Acts, Mortal Words 1980
Fergus Falling
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
Saint Francis and the Sow
Wait
Daybreak
Blackberry Eating
Kissing the Toad
On the Tennis Court at Night
The Last Hiding Places of Snow
Looking at Your Face
Fisherman
Oswald Street
A Milk Bottle
FROM The Past 1985
The Road Between Here and There
Conception
The Sow Piglet's Escapes
The Olive Wood Fire
The Frog Pond
Prayer
Fire in Luna Park
Cemetery Angels
On the Oregon Coast
First Day of the Future
The Fundamental Project of Technology
The Waking
That Silent Evening
FROM When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone 1990
The Tragedy of Bricks
The Cat
Oatmeal
The Perch
The Room
Last Gods
Farewell
When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone
FROM Imperfect Thirst
My Mother's R & R
The Man in the Chair
The Cellist
Running on Silk
The Deconstruction of Emily Dickinson
Sheffield Ghazal 4: Driving West
Sheffield Ghazal 5: Passing the Cemetery
Parkinson's Disease
Rapture
Flies
Neverland
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