Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Strong is Your Hand: Poems by Galway Kinnell
So from The Village Books I purchased Strong is Your Hand: poems and read a poem or two here and there as we moved about our lazy days of ease. Once again several spoke to me, not in a sexy way as did "Last Gods" on that other vacation, but this time because Kinnell seems to understand the human condition of living long with one person.
Don said the poems I was reading aloud all seemed to be on one theme: aging and death. We both cried when we read this one, "Promissory Note", which I am sure my younger readers won't appreciate but my older readers will.
As I searched the Internet for a bit of information about this poet, I learned that Galway Kinnell died in October 2014 at the age of 87. He was remembered as a poet that the average person could read and understand. I'll toast to that! Thank you Mr. Kinnell for writing poems that inspire and ones I can even recite. May you rest in peace knowing that at least a few of your memories are memorialized in your poems that we shall be reading for years to come.
"Promissory Note" by Galway Kinnell, from . Houghton Mifflin, 2006.