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The Book of Nightmares #2020

The Book of Nightmares Galway Kinnell s poetry has always been marked by richness of language devotion to the things and creatures of the world and an effort to transform every understanding into the universality of art

  • Title: The Book of Nightmares
  • Author: Galway Kinnell
  • ISBN: 9780395120989
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book of Nightmares By Galway Kinnell, Galway Kinnell s poetry has always been marked by richness of language, devotion to the things and creatures of the world, and an effort to transform every understanding into the universality of art.

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    1. 1This bookis at leasta weekoverduehaving sat on a table in front of the televisionafter one failed attempt by me toread itbut it just looks so Badasswith the arcane symbolsand worn typographyand shitso I saved it to try again, swearingI will get through you.2My friends are oftenfrustratedby my continuedinsistencethat I don t understand poetryanddespitethe fact that I am starting to thinkthat sometimes I do in factget something out of itthen books like thiscome alongleaving me thinkingcan you rea [...]

    2. One of ten reasons that you should read this book Little Sleep s Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight 1You scream, waking from a nightmare.When I sleepwalkinto your room, and pick you up,and hold you up in the moonlight, you cling to mehard,as if clinging could save us I thinkyou thinkI will never die, I think I exudeto you the permanence of smoke or stars,even asmy broken arms heal themselves around you.2I have heard you tellthe sun, don t go down, I have stood byas you told the flower, don t g [...]

    3. In this ambitious work, Galway Kinnell creates a narrator who, in the face of becoming a parent, confronts the nightmares of his culture and his personal history in order to make sense of life and its inevitable road to death 73 On this journey, the speaker addresses the timely subject of the Vietnam War sections V and VI , blaming the Christian Man 42 for perpetuating the deceit and power dynamic that have caused so many nightmares on this planet But, it is in the sections where Kinnell explore [...]

    4. Who can say how quickly the Dissembler weaves his will Weeds creep in faster the finer the garden Chance was that quickly tripping spider of soft fortunes and poisonous heart Chance was that way things could have been The loser fashions his yoke from genuflection Of such a solid piece of plowshare is Galway Kinnel s epic rubric, The Book of Nightmares.At the overture of contention, the Dissembler tapped his baton upon the aceldama of hope As I read The Book of Nightmares, I heard and was ashamed [...]

    5. This is the last time I let myself be suckered by a righteous woodcut on the cover, because the only righteous thing about this book was that it finally ended The only way Galway Kinnell could have tried any harder to be profound would have been to randomly pick words out of a dictionary, run them through a thesaurus program for their most obscure synonyms, and then arrange them in correct word order, making sure to line break for the hell of it once in a while Meaning, or even attempt at cohere [...]

    6. i think maybe reading these poems while back home in rhode island was cheating a little, because a kinnell was born in providence and grew up in pawtucket, and b i m in the middle of some semi existential family realizations, and the book is about kinnell s family and about how we live, in small moments, with the awareness that everything around us including ourselves and the people we love most is destined to leave the poems feel wide open and spacious, but also simultaneously raw and visceral, [...]

    7. A broken clock is right twice a day That is how I explain to myself that I really like these poems Usually I find Kinnell s poems to be overblown and melodramatic in a way that is unctious at best These poems, however, really do what they set out to do, and a little melodrama fits the prospectus just right Here, Kinnell takes risks, psychological and poetic, that I have not seen in the other books of his that I ve picked up In fact, this one is the only book of his that I would recommend, and I [...]

    8. I enjoyed it But it s not the masterpiece I ve heard it was from some The language wasn t fresh enough in places, the symbolism too heavy handed, or in places the poem felt too easy, or too dramatic Sometimes it went back to a very superficial place, a very predictable nightmare of the flesh But there were lines that I really liked Like Let our scars fall in love and I have felt the zero freeze itself around the finger dipped slowly in.

    9. I thought I d heard the old idea that love is what makes our short and moribund lives worth living in so many ways from so many places that surely it could never again have an impact Then Galway Kinnel comes along and says it afresh, The wages of dying is love Knocked my socks off And it was by no means the only line in here to do so I had to pick my socks up from across the room about once a page.

    10. why the FUCK is galway kinnell not poet laureate somoeone explaiN in all seriousness, if you ve not read this yet, please go to your local library or the closest bookstore or, if you have to, even order it online it s worth it this is my favorite book in the world it makes me want to throw up in the best possible way it s disgusting it s beautiful.

    11. The wages of dying is love Galway Kinnell dedicated this book long poem to his children, Maud and Fergus The poems never fail to move me Birth, death, love, and life s great mysteries This is truly a Book of Nightmares but there is also sweetness and light made all the sweeter because our lives and joys are so fleeting.

    12. 3.5 stars I suppose it deserves five stars but since it is a book of nightmares, I will withhold Because I m just that capricious Ten poems about death, about desecration, about worms and smells, about war and murder, blood, loss and rotting It is about lice and flies and maggots It is about betrayal and all that is profane It is about the inescapable toll of aging and the march of years It is about our complicity in life s ugliness and crimes Poems from a less than rosy viewpoint Beautiful lang [...]

    13. So I did not want to finish this book I know that s it s only 70 ish pages but I just didn t really like the flow of the poems themselves I was interested in the subject matter I think maybe this would make a very good short story collection.I can see how different this must have been when it came out I commented on how I wonder why this is considered a masterpiece It s very different from a lot of things circulating at the time I think I would like to give other collections by him a try I subje [...]

    14. This is a great book length poem, even if my enthusiasm for it is a little amped over the top in this review Let me just say it straight out if you re interested in contemporary poetry, you will want to know this book Galway Kinnell is a master who died Oct 29, 2014 , and The Book of Nightmares is, maybe, the most astonishing book length poem created during the past 50 years of writing in English.That s a statement, maybe a little over my head since I haven t read every volume of poetry publishe [...]

    15. i ve heard this book length poem is a protest against the vietnam war, but i am not so sure i get that from kinnell here there is mention of soliders battle, and since he wrote it at the time the war was going on i wouldn t be surprised if it crept in, but i would be dissappointed if that was all it was about i ve also heard it is poem about madness or the madness we have created, which i d agree with his language and imagery are rich the book is filled with creatures and depressing scnenes of h [...]

    16. I suspect one generally loves this book or finds it melodramatic While there are stunningly beautiful moments Book III and VII are gorgeous and stanzas likeI walk out from myself, among the stones of the field, each sending up its ghost bloominto the starlight, to float outover the trees, seeking to be onewith the unearthly fires kindlingabound too often I found myself giggling instead of feeling awestruck by the darker themes running about By the time I got to the unicorn phallus, I was already [...]

    17. I first read this book about thirty years ago At the time, I was knocked over by it and blind to its faults Reading it again, I find some lines to wince at the eldershoes, for example, from The Shoes of Wandering yes, they re funny, but they re a bit of whimsy than a serious piece of meditative art, which is what the rest of the book aspires to , but I still find much that is pleasing, and in places, astounding in their beauty or meditative intimacy, such as these lines from the ninth of the te [...]

    18. Being somewhat familiar with Galway Kinnell, but having only read a few isolated poems in anthologies, I was unprepared for the power of this collection The Book of Nightmares is a dreamlike meandering through fears both real and imaginary With the fragmented logic of dreams, Kinnell encounters horrors in the ordinary and extraordinary Things only somewhat make sense, and the impressions created pierce the soul But this is not merely a book of horrors Kinnell imbues the poems with love there is [...]

    19. We back in the times before internet, I read Galway Kinnell s Book of Nightmares as part of a class that I took for my degree in English in college At the time, it was over my head, but I knew I had read something really important What stuck with me form those days before twenty years of Buddhist training was the last chapter, 10 The one and the zero walking off the page and the poet s advice to his children see if you can find the one flea who is laughing.Years later, when my children graduated [...]

    20. Nineteen twenty seven was a fertile year for poetry In addition to books by Langston Hughes, Amy Lowell, and Robinson Jeffers, that year saw the birth of John Ashbery, W.S Merwin, James Wright, and Galway Kinnell.Kinnell s The Book of Nightmares may be his best, eclipsing even the Selected Poems that won him a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1982 A single book length poem, it opens with the birth of his daughter Maud, closes with the birth of his son Fergus, and in many other ways [...]

    21. Anger Frustration Defeat These feelings Welling up Taking over I needed to move Take a walk Escape A few blocks later I stopped in front of a window, lost deep in thought Then I saw it A sign, descretely peeking through a cluttered window The still undanced cadence of vanishing, it read I meditated on these words for a moment before my curiousity got the best of me I reached into my pocked and began to type the words into my smart phone The Book of Nightmares, by Galway Kinnell Turning around, I [...]

    22. This was an interesting read, especially since I just finished McCarthy s The Road and because I m a new parent I was really reading for enjoyment, which I think is the best way to approach poetry, but I was still able to weave together some kind of message through this wacky free verse volume filled with crazy, tiny units of meaning and interesting juxtapositions of imagery The narrator of Galway s poem is a father, and his position as a father, as the steward of this new life, makes him reflec [...]

    23. I assign my crooked backbone to the dice maker, to chop up into dice, for casting lots as to who shall see his own blood on his shirt front and who his brother s, for the race isn t to the swift but to the crooked.To the last man surviving on earth I give my eyelids worn out by fear, to wear in his long nights of radiation and silence,so that his eyes can t close, for regret is like tears seeping through closed eyelids.I give the emptiness my hand the pinkie picks no noses, slag clings to the b [...]

    24. Sure, it sounds gruesome, and in some ways it is, but this is easily the most influential book in my life The Book of Nightmares is not only a beautiful book of poetry but an insightful look into the anguish and beauty of the contemporary world Ostensibly written to his children, Kinnell works to show his children the beauty he has encountered but does not shy away from the agony that has also haunted him This seamless binding of the two straights is what initially and continually connects the w [...]

    25. This is a rigorous, keening, visionary screed Published in 1971, Galway Kinnell s The Book of Nightmares feels like it could have been written today In part that s because of Kinnell s fearless honesty A war protestor and a civil rights activist, he merges social justice with artistic experiment, personal imagination with cultural awareness Remarkable for its energy, clarity, and emotion, this book is also a catalog of innovative poetic strategies Divided into ten titled sequences, this is essen [...]

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