Very Good. SIGNED! NY: Knopf, 1990. Stated 1st. Hardcover. 8vo. 69 pgs. Signed by author on front endpaper, no inscription. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Slight fading to cloth along top edge and spine ends. Else fine. Fading to jacket spine and top front edge. Inquire if you need further information.
Very Good + in Very Good + jacket. Signed by Author First Edition Signed By Author & undated to the front free endpaper FFE, 3/8" long deep scratch (shows white) to dj rear panel, else Clean, name & note free Near Fine in a Near Fine Dj..
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. The poems in this collection by Kinnell range from melancholy meditations of a solitary mind concerning estrangement and the longing for reconnection to the natural world and its creatures closely observed. Kinnell confronts his own mortality: "everything sings and dies, / But it could be, too, everything dies and sings." There is a somber, reflective tone to most of this collection except for the wildly humorous "Oatmeal, " in which Kinnell creates a tableau of himself sharing a bowl of porridge with John Keats. There are many of Kinnell's trademark long poems, including the title poem, where phrases pile on top of one another to evoke a vivid world. But there are several short gems as well, including "Divinity, " in which conciseness helps forge the very intensity of the poem. Nature, love, the long arm of memory; these poems prove that for the poet "time suffered/ is not necessarily time destroyed."
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