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Imperfect Thirst

Kinnell, Galway

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ISBN 10: 0395710898 / ISBN 13: 9780395710890
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, Massachusetts, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by the author: "for William Oram" and signed on the front free end paper. A nice clean collectible copy with faint wear along the top edge of the cover board. Blue covers are otherwise clean with little wear. Text block and interior pages are clean and bright. Bindings is tight. Bookseller Inventory # 004214

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Title: Imperfect Thirst

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Galway Kinnell reaffirms his status as "one of the true master poets of his generation" with the publication of Imperfect Thirst, his twelfth book of poems. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award (Selected Poems, 1982) and many other awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, Kinnell is perhaps more deeply steeped in the tradition of Whitman than any of his contemporaries. He stands today in the first rank of American poets born in the 1920s. Imperfect Thirst brings together poems which delicately consider the loss of loved ones from childhood, which rejoice in the late love of women, and which face head-on the imminence and power of the shadow of death. Poems like "Rapture," "Running on Silk," and "The Night" are among the most beautiful of love poems of recent years, and poems such as "Holy Shit" approach their elemental subjects with a remarkable balance of good nature and holy dread. It was Morris Dickstein who heralded Kinnell as "one of the true master

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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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