The Book of Nightmares

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1971 - Poetry - 75 pages
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Galway Kinnell's poetry has always been marked by richness of language, devotion to the things and creatures of the world, and an effort to transform every understanding into the universality of art.

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Galway’s Kinnell requires all of you to show up when reading his work. This isn’t a book of poetry you can glance through while watching a TV show. Kinnell commands attention. He scoops all sees and ... Read full review

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Whitmanesque. Sublime. Birth, life, death, and our search for meaning among these accidents.
Stop trying to analyze poetry and simply enjoy the music Kinnell created for us. This book belongs on the list of greatest American works. Kinnell will gain in stature through the centuries after us.


Under the Maud Moon
The Hen Flower
The Shoes of Wandering
Dear Stranger Extant in Memory by the Blue Juniata
In the Hotel of Lost Light
The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible
Little SleepsHead Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight
The Call Across the Valley of NotKnowing
The Path Among the Stones

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About the author (1971)

Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014) was a former MacArthur Fellow and state poet of Vermont. In 1982 his Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. For many years he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, as well as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. For thirty-five years-from What A Kingdom It Was to The Book of Nightmares to Three Books -Galway Kinnell enriched American poetry, not only by his poems but also by his teaching and his powerful public readings.

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