Other literary forms
Although known primarily as a poet, Galway Kinnell published the fable-like novel Black Light (1966, 1980), set in Iran, which chronicles how a carpetmaker’s act of heinous murder propels him on a dark journey toward spiritual awakening. In Walking Down the Stairs: Selections from Interviews (1978), Kinnell offers his opinions about other poets and his own work. How the Alligator Missed Breakfast (1982) is a children’s book. Kinnell has also published numerous translations, including those of works by René Hardy, François Villon, Yves Bonnefoy, Yvan Goll, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Numerous magazines and literary journals have published articles by Kinnell, several of which have been reprinted as book chapters.