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Moral Acts, Moral Words Hardcover – Apr 1990


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This new collection of poetry by the author of Book of Nightmares centers on the essential relationships and occurrences which, ultimately, give life shape and meaning, especially the strength and power of the family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the greats 21 Jan. 2013
By E. S. Noyes - Published on Amazon.com
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Galway Kinnell's Mortal Acts, Mortal Words, is one of my favorite books of poems ever. He writes with authenticity. He speaks in a human voice about a flawed, magnificent world. I gave to a poet friend for Christmas, who unfortunately was not persuaded. But I would give all my friends this book. And the recipient of the most recent gift may yet have a change of heart. Sometimes things seep in.
One of Kinnell's best collections 24 Feb. 2015
By Glenn J. Shea - Published on Amazon.com
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"Mortal beauty, acts and words have put all their burden on my soul," says the epigraph from Petrarch, which captures exactly the particular gravity of Kinnell's work. He had burst into full voice with a book-length sequence, THE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES, and it was followed by MORTAL ACTS, in which the simplest lines seem bathed in emotion. Kinnell has gone on to other great work--WHEN ONE HAS LIVED A LONG TIME ALONE and IMPERFECT THIRST are terrific--but this remains one of my favorites.

Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes at www.bookbarnniantic.com
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