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Galway Kinnell

Each year I lived I watched the fissure
Between what was and what I wished for
Widen, until there was nothing left
But the gulf of emptiness.

— Galway Kinnell, from “Conversation at Tea,” The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World: Poems 1946-64 (Houghton

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