Galway Kinnell


Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning American poet. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Kinnell received his BA from Princeton University, his MA from the University of Rochester, and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. He has published numerous collections of poems and as well as a novel and his works address a variety of subjects from social commentary to nature to death. Kinnell was the poet laureate of Vermont from 1989-1993 and formerly served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Source

Trust the Hours (Wait)

Wait, for now.

Distrust everything if you have to.

But trust the hours. Haven’t they

carried you everywhere, up to now?

Personal events will become interesting again.

Hair will become interesting.

Pain will become interesting.

Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.

Second-hand gloves will become lovely again;

their memories are what give them

the need for other hands. The desolation

of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness

carved out of such tiny beings as we are

asks to be filled; the need

for the new love is faithfulness to the old.



Don’t go too early.

You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.

But no one is tired enough.

Only wait a while and listen:

music of hair,

music of pain,

music of looms weaving all our loves again.

Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,

most of all to hear your whole existence,

rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Faith & Hope

Memory & The Past

Mental Health

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line


the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses


an instruction or a command


the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect


a situation that seems to contradict itself


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered