Weekly Poem: 'Promissory Note'
By Galway Kinnell
If I die before you which is all but certain then in the moment before you will see me become someone dead in a transformation as quick as a shooting star's I will cross over into you and ask you to carry not only your own memories but mine too until you too lie down and erase us both together into oblivion. Galway Kinnell has taught at several universities, and for many years he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. He has been a MacArthur Fellow and the state poet of Vermont. In 1983, Kinnell received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his "Selected Poems."