Title: When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone: Poems.
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1990
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
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.". Bookseller Inventory # 24141
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