Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 12, 2010 - Poetry - 235 pages
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“The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible.”—Booklist

Here is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable range of Maxine Kumin, one of America’s greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from five previous books, together with twenty-three new poems that pay homage to Kumin’s farm life and also to poets of the past.

from “The Taste of Apple”
     I could hardly see as he hoisted the great swaying body aloft
     and bore it across the road to the hole and in the cold dark I poured
     a libation of apple juice for the earth to welcome his corpse—
     some drops spilled on his chestnut flank and some dribbled
     on his cheek and splashed onto his yellow teeth as he lay
     deep on one side and my hand shook—I could hardly see—
     rocking my grief back and forth over this kind death
     the taste of apple wasting in his mouth.
 

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Maxine Kumin seems like a sweet older woman. Harmless, it would appear. After all, she begins her book of poetry with a focus on nature, and makes insightful observations on little things that are ... Read full review

Contents

N E W P E M
5
Credo
47
Subduing the Dream in Alaska
58
Two Views
65
The Rendezvous
71
Letters
75
CrossCountry Skiing
81
Almost Spring Driving Home Reciting Hopkins
90
Skinnydipping with William Wordsworth m
111
Pantoum with Swan
118
New Hampshire February 7 2003
147
Magda of Hospice House
156
The Apparition 135
165
S T I L L T O M
189
The Saving Remnant
206
The Lower Chesapeake Bay
219

After the Poetry Reading
98
The Riddle of Noah
105
Achnowledgments
235
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Maxine Kumin (1925--2014), a former U.S. poet laureate, was the author of nineteen poetry collections as well as numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards included the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Poet's Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals.

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