Galway Kinnell (born February 1, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island – October 28, 2014) is one of the most influential American poets of the latter half of the 20th century.
- 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.
- 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.