- A boy's hunched body loved out of a stalk
The first song of his happiness, and the song woke
His heart to the darkness and into the sadness of joy.
- First Song (1983)
- The appeal to heaven breaks off.
The petals begin to fall, in self-forgiveness.
It is a flower. On this mountainside it is dying.
- Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1976)
- The sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.
- Saint Francis and the Sow (1986)
- I take a wolf's rib and whittle
it sharp at both ends
and coil it up
and freeze it in blubber and place it out
on the fairway of the bears.
- The Bear (1974)
- The loveliness of pigs: Galway Kinnell searches for the real beauty interview and poem “Daybreak” on the Christian Science Monitor
- Cortland Review interview and poem “The Fundamental Project of Technology”
- "Galway Kinnel reads 'Wait' " for the WGBH series, New Television Workshop
- " 'Since you asked..,' with Galway Kinnell for the WGBH series, New Television Workshop
- Academy of American Poets biography and links to interviews and poems
- Modern American Poetry short biography