Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin’s seventeenth poetry collection, Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 (W. W. Norton, 2010), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2011. Kumin’s other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals. A former United States poet laureate, Kumin lives with her husband on a farm in the Mink Hills of New Hampshire, where they have raised horses for forty years and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs.

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Custom, Birth, Food, Nature: A Perspective on Some Women Poets (on The Nightingale’s Burden: Women Poets and American Culture Before 1900 by Cheryl Walker; An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich by Wendy Martin; To Hold in My Hand: Selected Poems, 1955-1983 by Hilda Morley; Coagulations: New and Selected Poems by Jayne Cortez; The White Wave by Kate Daniels; In the Mother Tongue by Catherine Anderson; Deer in the Haystacks by Dixie Partridge; Deception Pass by Sue Standing; Natural Affinities by Erica Funkhouser; All That Autumn by Eileen Silver-Lillywhite; Hours by Frances Mayes; & Talking Soft Dutch by Linda McCarriston)

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Metamorphosis: From Light Verse to the Poetry of Witness

How did I become a very old poet, and a polemicist at that? In the Writer’s Chronicle of December 2010 I described myself as largely self-educated. In an era before creative writing classes became a staple of the college curriculum, I was “piecemeal poetry literate”—in love with Gerard Manley Hopkins and A. E. Housman, an […]

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