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In Deep: Country Essays

In Deep: Country Essays

by Maxine Kumin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Living on the land and working with animals has provided inspiration and a special sense of place for Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kumin. On their New Hampshire hill farm, she and her husband have cleared woodland for pasture, tended livestock, made maple syrup from their own trees. Kumin takes us into the woods for a spring mushroom hunt, tells about raising an orphan foal and explains how humans get involved with horses. There is an appreciative essay on the mule (and that beast's metaphorical connection with poets), another on Highland cattle. Seeing friends depart for a canoe trip evokes a comparison with Thoreau's journey to the Maine woods. Kumin also discusses her poetry and provides the story behind two specific poems. Her country essays are captivating; horse lovers and readers who appreciate Annie Dillard's meditations on nature will enjoy every word. (June 10)
Library Journal - Library Journal
From a hillside farm in New Hampshire, a talented and perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning poet records the sprawl and benevolence of nature with intelligence, humor, and tenacity of spirit. These essays are for the most part in love with horses and other equines, but they also praise country kitchens, varieties of wild mushrooms, sugar maples, and hard work. They are a lively record of country life, connecting its intricacies and wonders to more reflective speculations on human presence and creativity. In one inventive essay, the virtues of mules are surveyed and extolled, and a witty analogy is drawn between them and poets. Overall, both the stability and vicissitudes of country life are set down, revealing an unpretentious, varied, and hearty livelihood. Recommended. Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman

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