St Francis and the Sow by Galway Kinnell
Galway Kinnell died October 28, 2014. He was a New England poet–born in Providence, died at his home in Vermont–who is always out there somewhere in the big room with the writers who mean something to me. Kinnell and James Wright (of a few entries back on this blog) were good friends until Wright’s death in 1980. Kinnell looked deeply into ideas, that’s what made him an activist for human rights, also deeply into nature and into ordinary things. In this poem he takes a deep spiritual look at how things are. His idea that …everything flowers, from within, of self blessing; sounds like Gerard Manley Hopkins (d. 1889). The next line: though sometimes it is necessary/to reteach a thing its loveliness sounds like the other work of Hopkins, that of a Catholic priest, following the example of his brother priest, St Francis of Assisi.
St Francis and the Sow