Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014)

Galway Kinnell was an American poet born in 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. His books of poetry include What a Kingdom It Was (1960), Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964), Body Rags (1968), The Book of Nightmares (1971), Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980), Selected Poems (1980), The Past (1985), When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990), Three Books (1993), Imperfect Thirst (1996), and A New Selected Poems (2000). The first Selected Poems won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, while A New Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has also published translations of Yves Bonnefroy, Yvanne Goll, François Villon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. A collection of interviews, Walking Down the Stairs, was published in 1978. He passed away in 2014.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Galway Kinnell's poem After Making Love We Hear Footsteps


  1. Aiden says:

    I agree with Cherub’s comment that you have to be a parent to understand this. That said, I think Galway Kinnell’s career boils down to this poem. He existed to write this for all of us who understand. It captures the moment all of us who know what is important aspire to. Beautiful Poem.

  2. Terri says:

    I love this poem. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I am writing an essay on his use of imagery in it. I am married with two young boys and I can not tell you how many times this has happend in our home! Kinnell is a genius at molding an everyday occurence into a sublime moment.

  3. Cherub says:

    I really enjoyed this poem. I read it first in my English 112 class and thought it was really sweet. I think you have to be a parent to understand the poem and see the beauty in it – other wise you might not understand it. I loke how the Child sees the parents “loving and snuggling” and wants to join. And how the parents love each other so much and their son is like the center and proof of their love. It’s just cute 🙂

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