The poet Galway Kinnell has been Writer-in-Residence at numerous universities, and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his 1982 Selected Poems. His work ranges from the passionately pastoral to a disturbing surreal poetry of urban experience. It is characterised by his engagement with a poetic tradition which includes the English greats, such as Milton and Dunne, and his continuation of a complex and rich American tradition which includes Whitman, Dickinson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams. He grapples with specifically American issues and writes with a strong sense of place, yet his verse also encompasses a wider range of poetic styles including that of French modernism. His poetry, in all its engagement with the prior poetic forms, is constantly moving forward and generating new ways of using American free verse. The result is intense, passionate, and full of a very individual feel of poetic expression.
|St Francis and the Sow||31 October 2001|