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Bringing Together: Uncollected Early Poems 1958-1988 Hardcover – June, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393057666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393057669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New England farm life, modern American history, Jewish identity and a quietly vibrant feminist consciousness provide themes and structure for this gathering of poems from a long and distinguished career. Kumin's previous publications include memoirs, novels, essays and 13 previous books of poetry, most recently The Long Marriage (2001); the strongest of these poems might well have fit in her Selected Poems 1960-1990. Many chronicle the travails and delights of Kumin's New Hampshire horse farm, where "Snow makes Monday as white/ at supper as breakfast was," and, as one disarming title would have it, "A New England Gardener Gets Personal." The poems are undated, but Kumin astutely places most of the short-lined, quiet poems near the front of the volume; succeeding them comes work reacting to cities (Paris, New York) and public events (like the war in Vietnam). Kumin veers from her usual understatement in "Lately, at Night" (an elegy for her father) and in "The Archaeology of a Marriage," whose technique recalls Kumin's close friend Anne Sexton. The collection closes with longer poems, some in irregular rhyming stanzas, devoted to Jewish and Jewish-American topics (Purim, Passover, a visit to Egypt and Israel). While admirers should not expect, from a volume of verse Kumin left out of older collections, poems at the level of Kumin's best, they will nonetheless find a likable, careful poet recording the events and impressions that have shaped a life.
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The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible. -- Booklist

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I first came across Maxine Kumin while reading the Complete Poems of Anne Sexton. Kumin wrote the foreward and it was clear that she was a close and dear friend of Sexton's having written and dedicated many poems to her, so I immediately ordered some of her work.

She is different than Sexton, having a close relationship with the land and her horses, and many of her poems reflect this, and are breathtakingly fresh, touching on the wonder of nature, her animals. Her love poetry is also stunning but not as jolting as Sexton, which is fine. You don't want Sexton from anyone else but Sexton.

Kumin is a Pulitzer winner for UP COUNTRY in 1973, is from a Jewish background, I believe, but with a Catholic education, which brings a fine, broad tapestry to her work. She writes novels, short stories, essays, and her memoirs besides her poetic endeavors. I fully intend to get more of her work, especially that which contains her Pulitzer prize-winning poem, and her later works.

If you enjoy poetry Kumin's work is a wonderful place to go.
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