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Maxine Kumin Selected Poems, 1960-1990 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393040739
ISBN-10: 0393040739
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In this extraordinarily lyrical overview of three decades of poems, Maxine Kumin delights the reader's ear again and again, especially in her ability to hear the music of nature. Consider, for instance, "In the Pea Patch": "These as they clack in the wind / saying castanets, saying dance with me, / saying do me, dangle their intricate / nuggety scrota." The melodic flow of the lines does a lot of poetic work for Kumin, reinforcing the poem's thematic celebration of nature's seductiveness and inherent eroticism. These are very beautiful, very knowing poems.

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A pastoral poet who was strongly influenced by friend and mentor Anne Sexton, Kumin is quite simply one of the very best poets writing today. The present collection represents a lifetime (until now) of Kumin's work and includes selections from all her published volumes, dating from her earliest volume Halfway (1961) to Nurture (LJ 3/1/89), although it excludes Closing the Ring (1984), which was published in a limited edition. The reader can move slowly, meanderingly, deliciously through the stages of Kumin's poetic life, from the young woman who writes, "My bones drank water; water fell/ through all my doors. I was the well" through the pastoral years of farm life ("The doomed cattle, wearing/ intelligent smiles, turn.") to her fierce 1980s dedication to wildlife conservation and animal welfare. One could only wish that Kumin had included a few poems from her wonderful 1996 volume, Connecting the Dots (LJ 6/15/96). But she gives us a peek at an apparently unpublished group of poems called Joppa Diary, which seems to have been written sometime in the late 1960s. Feeling a compelling connection to far-off troubles, she writes poems with near-hidden hints of violence: "Reading late,/ last-awake in the country,/ I think I hear burned babies screaming,/ screaming in the basswood by my window." Very highly recommended.?Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393040739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393040739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keith Alan Deutsch on June 22, 2012
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I only discovered Maxine Kumin recently. She is a wonderful poet. She is among the few living poets I am interested in following. Poetry is such a personal enjoyment. Read her for yourself and make up your own mind. I remain very impressed by her three verse poem, "Getting Through." Read her!
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You wouldn't be buying this book of poetry if you didn't already know Kumin's work. You won't be disappointed to have such a bounty of selections in your hands.
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If anything, the book that arrived was in BETTER condition than described. This is a first-rate book seller. I wish I could give the seller 6 stars!
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