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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

Poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia this week at his Vermont home. He was 87. Kinnell won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1983 for his collection Selected Poems. He won a MacArthur Genius Fellowship the following year. Galway, often compared to Walt Whitman, was known for his unique lyrical style, and his ability to evoke everything from urban streetscapes to pastoral scenes in his home state of Vermont, where he was the first person since Robert Frost to hold the title of state poet. You can read more about his life and work at The New York Times.