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Imperfect Thirst
Contributor(s): Kinnell, Galway (Author)

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ISBN: 039575528X     ISBN-13: 9780395755280
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Published: August 1996
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Annotation: Galway Kinnell's twelfth collection of poems, Imperfect Thirst, is powerful and thrilling, beautifully crafted and astonishingly candid. In it, Kinnell approaches elemental subjects with a remarkable balance of good nature and holy dread. It includes re-visions of moments of childhood and youth; reflections on the relationship between humans and the other creatures; poems bearing on music, language, sex, mortality; five poems based on the form of the Persian ghazal; love poems; and a tender evocation of a daughter taking care of her old father. Five longer poems close the book: a meditation on the lasting reverberations of childhood trauma; a lively ode to excrement; a disquisition on flies which weaves together the observations of thirteen other poets; a looking back at the past and a child's looking forward; and an elegy for a beloved sister. Imperfect Thirst is a bold, exact, passionate book from a poet at the height of his powers.
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BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American - General
Dewey: 811.54
LCCN: 94027044
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 5.99" W x 9.01" (0.33 lbs) 96 pages
 
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Galway Kinnell's twelfth book of poems is powerful and thrilling. Imperfect Thirst includes beautiful love poems and approaches elemental subjects with a remarkable balance of good nature and holy dread: recollections of childhood, snapshots of impassive cruelty, reflections on art and nature. This energetic collection will prove once again why Galway Kinnell is one of America's masters of the art.

Contributor Bio(s): Kinnell, Galway: - GALWAY KINNELL (1927-2014) was a 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 The Book of Nightmares to Mortal Acts and, most recently, Strong Is Your Hold--Galway Kinnell enriched American poetry, not only with his poems but also with his teaching and powerful public readings.
 
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