Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Galway Kinnell Reading at Longfellow House Sunday July 28 at 3pm

Galway Kinnnell
                          Galway Kinnell Reading at Longfellow House Sunday July 28 at 3pm

                                                          hosted by NEPC             

by Michael Todd Steffen

Blesser of animals, photogenic wanderer in Calcutta, fasting bear-blood tracker with knives in his two fists, cabin feverer, hush-singer to a daughter woken from nightmares, Galway Kinnell took up permanent residence in American poetry by finding presence of mind and speech in some of the most bizarre (a criterion term Baudelaire digested from Poe) scenarios, situations and personae. ‘He’s as solitary as Thoreau’ –I’ve heard my mind utter after reading one of his singular eclogues.

Kinnell should need no introduction or promotion. He is a sequoia among our living poets, and one of those rare readers who brings the music that you hear when you read his poems to the lectern.

He will be joined by poets Brendan Galvin, Greg Delanty and Daniel Tobin at the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, on Sunday July 28 at 3pm. The event is hosted by the New England Poetry Club (NEPC) under the rubric IRISH AMERICAN VOICES. It is open to the public and free of charge.

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