Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell was an American poet born in 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. His poetry connects with everyday experiences and to unseen spiritual forces. His poems are incredibly relatable and often utilize moving free verse. 

Saint Francis and the Sow

by Galway Kinnell

‘Saint Francis and the Sow,’ a poem from Galway Kinnell’s collection Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980), explores the spiritual beauty inside each creature that is needed to be retaught and retouched for spiritual growth.

The Bear

by Galway Kinnell

‘The Bear’ by Galway Kinnell is an unforgettable poem that details the physical struggle between a hunter and a bear he’s pursuing as well as the hunter’s spiritual transformation.

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