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Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry Paperback – June 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Printing edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556591411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556591419
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kumin concludes her essay "Swimming and Writing" with advice from master poet Rilke: "Keep holy all that befalls." In this wonderful miscellany, Kumin weaves together all the disparate elements of her life, and, yes, she makes them holy. As a writer, Kumin wears many hats: A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who has written novels and essays, she recently wrote a mystery (Quit Monks or Die!, LJ 7/99). Her latest work begins up close and personal with a series of journal entries. In one, she recounts a late night spent midwifing a foal in her New Hampshire barn; in another, she is left shaken after an airplane accident while en route to Japan. More than the in-depth look at the poetic life promised by the title, this memoir also offers an intriguing look at modern country life, shares Kumin's experiences of being both a mother and an artist, and delves into the her deep 18-year friendship with Anne Sexton. Also included are several poems with Kumin's own discussions on form and content. The prose is highly readable, full of humor and insight, and each essay brims with a kind of grace. Highly recommended for all collections.DDoris Lynch, Monroe Cty. P.L., Bloomington, IN
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was killing time waiting for a plane and found this book at the airport bookshop. I had never read any of Maxine Kumin's poetry. To give you an idea of how fluid and easy her prose is, I finished this book a few hours later. I could barely put it down. Ms. Kumin's full and fascinating life, as well as her approach to poetry, is a joy to read. I am only disappointed that there were not more of her own poems in this volume. A must-read for any lover of good writing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Cummings Resch on June 21, 2012
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The poetry/essay book that I ordered arrived in a very timely fashion. It is not so easy to find anymore so I was happy to have found it in your inventory and to have received such a clean, good copy. Thanks.
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