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Three Books: Body Rags; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words; The Past Paperback – Apr 17 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (April 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618219110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618219117
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

The reissue of three books from the wide-ranging Kinnell, published in 1968, 1989, and 1985, respectively. Add to his two classics: The Book of Nightmares (1973) and The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World (1974).
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Galway Kinnell is a former MacArthur Fellow and has been 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. He is currently a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. For thirty-five years--from WHAT A KINGDOM IT WAS to THE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES to THREEE BOOKS--Galway Kinnell has been enriching American poetry, not only by his poems but also by his teaching and his powerful public readings.

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By A Customer on Aug. 5 2001
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With all respect to "TTaylor" in the other review, "The Past" is hardly an earlier work, as Kinnell was near 60 when he wrote it. I am not sure these books belong together, but I believe "The Past" to be at least as good as Kinnell's most famous book, "The Book of Nightmares." I also think, like the latter, it's his most consistent book. And, in my opinion, it is a mature work. His work since has been mixed with occasional masterpieces, which is quite allowable for a poet (not every poem must be a masterpiece). Still, I enjoy the consistency of "The Past" over the 90's poems which so often seem to be following Sharon Olds' prosaic confessionalism too closely. In any case, do not limit yourself to "Nightmares" or "Selected Poetry." This book is one of the finest in late 20th century American poetry.
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Galway Kinnell's poetry exudes the confidence of a master poet and his words drip with meaning. These are poems which you can sink your teeth into, reveling in their introspection and beauty. Kinnell is one of the most influential poets of this generation and continues to produce a substantial bulk of work. As a wannabe poet myself, I read the poetry in a very envious manner. The ability to produce images and meaning in the way Kinnell does, denotes a certain amount of power I hope to possess. The 3 books in question are earlier works which established Mr. Kinnell as a "well-known" poet. The compilation effectively showcases the breadth and depth of his power. You will not be disappointed with this work.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7408390) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d17f18) out of 5 stars Worth it for "The Past" Aug. 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With all respect to "TTaylor" in the other review, "The Past" is hardly an earlier work, as Kinnell was near 60 when he wrote it. I am not sure these books belong together, but I believe "The Past" to be at least as good as Kinnell's most famous book, "The Book of Nightmares." I also think, like the latter, it's his most consistent book. And, in my opinion, it is a mature work. His work since has been mixed with occasional masterpieces, which is quite allowable for a poet (not every poem must be a masterpiece). Still, I enjoy the consistency of "The Past" over the 90's poems which so often seem to be following Sharon Olds' prosaic confessionalism too closely. In any case, do not limit yourself to "Nightmares" or "Selected Poetry." This book is one of the finest in late 20th century American poetry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73b2468) out of 5 stars Kinnell at his best May 14 2015
By JAC - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best (actually, 3 of the best!) books of poetry around. You have to enjoy Kinnell's style, of course -- free verse, many long poems composed often of many long sentences or thoughts that may be broken up by other diversions that Kinnell separates with em dashes before returning to the point (often almost as long as that thought of mine!). However, the number of incredibly moving poems in Three Books is astounding. Kinnell writes about quotidian things -- family, nature, etc. But in those daily events he finds insight and emotion. His word choice often is almost conversational, but shot through with beauty of language like veins of silver in rock -- almost every poem has at least one or two lines that take your breath away, and a startling number (given the length of Three Books) have many. Fans of Kinnell will love this book, and those new to him will find much to love as well. Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6133bac) out of 5 stars Wonderful, thought-provoking poetry Dec 29 1997
By ttaylor@truman.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Galway Kinnell's poetry exudes the confidence of a master poet and his words drip with meaning. These are poems which you can sink your teeth into, reveling in their introspection and beauty. Kinnell is one of the most influential poets of this generation and continues to produce a substantial bulk of work. As a wannabe poet myself, I read the poetry in a very envious manner. The ability to produce images and meaning in the way Kinnell does, denotes a certain amount of power I hope to possess. The 3 books in question are earlier works which established Mr. Kinnell as a "well-known" poet. The compilation effectively showcases the breadth and depth of his power. You will not be disappointed with this work.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ea951c) out of 5 stars Not worth buying--the poems are just random thoughts of an old man. Dec 7 2013
By Clyde Fixmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This poet has outlived his talent! He should have stopped writing years ago. He's just hanging on by his reputation.


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