Galway Kinnell

“Everyone Was in Love” and “How Could She Not?”

Since 1968, the Folger’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series has brought some of the best writers and speakers to the Folger stage. Now, in our Line by Line series, we’re digging into our recordings of past readings to bring those poets to your headphones.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, who died in October of 2014, wrote poems that snuck up on you—starting from their titles to opening lines, they often put the reader right in the middle of a circumstance, conversation, or event. 
Kinnell read here at the Folger on March 24, 2008. Listen to his poems “Everyone Was in Love” and “How Could She Not?”

Kinnell published several volumes of poetry, including Strong Is Your Hold ; A New Selected Poems; Imperfect ThirstWhen One Has Lived a Long Time Alone; and Selected Poems, for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Kinnell was the recipient of the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry by the Academy of American Poets. His other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, the 2002 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, the 1974 Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and the 1975 Medal of Merit from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Published September 4, 2018. ©Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This recording was produced by Hayden Arp and Teri Cross-Davis. The music is ""Retrograde" by Hayden Arp. Ben Lauer is the web producer.

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