Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

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"Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."—Carolyn Heilbrun
In July 1998, when Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving clinic, she was not expected to live. Yet, less than a year later, her progress pronounced a miracle by her doctors, she was at work on this journal of her astonishing recovery. She tells of her time "inside the halo," the near-medieval device that kept her head immobile during weeks of intensive care ...

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Overview

"Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."—Carolyn Heilbrun
In July 1998, when Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving clinic, she was not expected to live. Yet, less than a year later, her progress pronounced a miracle by her doctors, she was at work on this journal of her astonishing recovery. She tells of her time "inside the halo," the near-medieval device that kept her head immobile during weeks of intensive care and rehabilitation, of the lasting "rehab" friendships, and of the loving family who always believed she would heal. "[S]he resonates wisdom while announcing a triumph of body and soul."—Anne Roiphe, New York Times Book Review "Maxine Kumin brings the sensitivity and imagination of a poet to her extraordinary ordeal."—Richard Selzer, author of Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery "From a singular experience she has created a lesson that is universal, which, it seems to me, is the essence of being a poet."—Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner

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Anne Roiphe
[S]he resonates wisdom while announcing a triumph of body and soul. —New York Times Book Review
Carolyn Heilbrun
Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read.
Richard Selzer
Maxine Kumin brings the sensitivity and imagination of a poet to her extraordinary ordeal.
Abraham Verghese
From a singular experience she has created a lesson that is universal, which, it seems to me, is the essence of being a poet.
Anne Roiphe
The book describes Kumin's recovery in language that is both precise and spare. She does not wallow in ghastly details or bring us in so close we need to feel embarrassed for her or ourselves. Her books of poetry portray the everyday, the natural world and our part in it. The personal vision that animates her poems fills these pages too...[it] It bears no relation to the confessional storyor the cathartic prose of so many survivors of terror. There is an absence of hysteria...the book won my friendship and admiration for this so sorely tested writer...
The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322613
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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