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ISBN-13: 978-0393241006
ISBN-10: 0393241009
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Poet, children’s author, fiction writer, and holder of the Pulitzer Prize, Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Robert Frost Medal, Kumin, approaching 90, is writing at her clarion best in her newest collection following Where I Live: New and Selected Poems, 1990–2010 (2010). Perennially inspired by her love for horses and her New Hampshire farm, where she has long tended to a “Jewish atheistic all-organic / vegetable garden,” Kumin writes with biological precision (“feeding the ancient mycorrhizal paths”), an unflinchingly realistic appreciation for nature’s equilibrium, and keenly informed outrage over humanity’s planetary mayhem. A seasoned protest poet, Kumin turns to history in her condemnation of “the luxury of not knowing,” writing of Nazis hiding in Paraguay and the abominations at Guantánamo. She offers an unusual perspective on our propensity for schadenfreude, pays tribute to the trailblazing seventeenth-century writer, Margaret Cavendish, and looks back to her own emergence as a poet in male-dominated precincts. Kumin also offers extraordinarily graceful and powerfully stoic elegies and musings on time and death, taking deep breaths and reminding herself and us to follow nature’s imperative, “Begin again.” --Donna Seaman

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“Exquisite pastorals of her New Hampshire farm mix with politics and echoes of past poets, possessing a directness that makes each piece necessary and vital.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Filled with joy, sorrow, anger, mortality, politics and horses.” (Tom Lavoie - Shelf Awareness)

“Kumin is as graceful and unsparing as ever… One of Kumin’s best aspects as a poet was her regard for words, which she held as precious as any other living thing.” (Michael Andor Brodeur - Boston Globe)

“Unlike many of her contemporaries, including Anne Sexton, Kumin knew how to trim the deadness around her, letting the life come through for decades… Short the season, but long the legacy.” (Amber Tamblyn - Bust)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393241009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393241006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2014
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Maxine Kuman is always a favorite poet. I'm not sure I can be objective about the book. It's one of my go-to books in the morning when I'm thinking about words and images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2014
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Maxine Kumin is new to me as a poet . . and a terrific read. Challenging topics expressed through simple yet elegant words. I must read more of her work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Samuels on November 25, 2014
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Wonderful poet and writer. Have corresponded with her. Her children's books are fantastic. (Look for the mistake in the poem National Velvet)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Lynn McAllister on July 14, 2014
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My favorite poet. So elegant.
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