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You know Saint Francis. He’s the founder of the Franciscan Order, and one in whose name Catholics and Anglicans ceremoniously bless the animals once a year. He’s also said to have arranged the first live nativity scene. Galway Kinnell, in this poem, imagines him blessing a sow.

So there I was … on West 45th Street in Midtown Manhattan with three friends about to enter Broadway’s John Golden Theatre.