Galway Kinnell's twelfth book of poems is powerful and thrilling. Imperfect Thirst includes beautiful love poems and approaches elemental subjects with a remarkable balance of good nature and holy dread: recollections of childhood, snapshots of impassive cruelty, reflections on art and nature. This energetic collection will prove once again why Galway Kinnell is one of America's masters of the art.
Contains selected poems from:
What a Kingdom It Was (1960)
Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964)
Body Rags (1968)
The Book of Nightmares (1971)
Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980)
The Past (1985)
When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990)
Imperfect Thirst (1994)
The essential collection by the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner who was "one of the true master poets of his generation" (The New York Times).
In the words of Galway Kinnell, it is "the poet's job to figure out what's happening within oneself, to figure out the connection between the self and the world, and to get it down in words that have a lasting shape, that have a chance of lasting." With this