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The Past

Galway Kinnel

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ISBN 10: 039539385X / ISBN 13: 9780395393857
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1985, 1985
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Cloth in Box. As New. Limited/Numbered. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ISBN:0-395-39385-x. Limited signed number copy 86/200 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 000552

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Title: The Past

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1985

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Cloth in Box

Book Condition:As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited/Numbered

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Poems consider Vermont, the poet's family, the memories, parenthood, divorce, love, nature, mortality, and consciousness

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In the wry title poem, Kinnell paints a Magritte-like portrait of the poet as middle-aged, indefatigable truth-seeker: "A chair under one arm/ a desktop under the other,/ the same Smith-Corona/ on my back I even now batter/words into visibility with." In another haunting lyric he conjures up "cemetery angels" hovering over graves of the dead "who will erupt into flower." But Kinnell knows that we are mortal, our existence a mote in God's eye ("A snap of the sea and a third of a century/ passes)." Like Matthew Arnold, he reels at our aloneness in the universe, as in this description of a moonlit ocean: "The tiny glitters all together make one wide path . . . / On shore the rocks wait, very still, for night to end." Through an act of imagination the poet glimpses "what sleep would be like if one were happy." Ranging from lyrics on rustic Vermont living to dark odes on Hiroshima, this is a strong collection, Kinnell's first since his Selected Poems (1982) won a Pulitzer Prize. November
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