The Roots of Things

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Throughout her career, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin has been at the vanguard of discussions about feminism and sexism, the state of poetry, and our place in the natural world. The Roots of Things gathers into one volume her best essays on the issues that have been closest to her throughout her storied career.

Divided into sections on "Taking Root," "Poets and Poetry," and "Country Living," these pieces reveal Kumin honing her views within a variety of forms, ...

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Overview

Throughout her career, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin has been at the vanguard of discussions about feminism and sexism, the state of poetry, and our place in the natural world. The Roots of Things gathers into one volume her best essays on the issues that have been closest to her throughout her storied career.

Divided into sections on "Taking Root," "Poets and Poetry," and "Country Living," these pieces reveal Kumin honing her views within a variety of forms, including speeches, critical essays, and introductions of other writers’ work. Whether she is recollecting scenes from her childhood, ruminating on the ups and downs of what she calls "pobiz" (for "poetry business"), describing the battles she’s fought on behalf of women, or illuminating the lives of animals, Kumin offers insight that can only be born of long and closely observed experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810126480
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,041,336
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Maxine Kumin is the author of sixteen books of poems, including Up Country, winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize, and the forthcoming New & Selected Poetry; a memoir; three essay collections; a collection of short stories; four novels; and an animal rights murder mystery. She served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress before that post was renamed poet laureate of the United States, and as the poet laureate of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1994. She lives in New Hampshire.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

I Taking Root

The Singer Sewing Machine 5

Growing Up on British Books 7

Swift to Its Close 10

The Horses of Childhood 17

Homage to Polly Bunting 20

Radcliffe in the Forties 23

Identity 28

II Poets and Poetry

The Revision of Emily D.: Notes on " After the Poetry Reading" 35

On Receiving the Frost Medal 38

Brief Speech at the Poetry Society of America's Laureates' Dinner 43

Celebrating Josephine Jacobsen, 1997 Frost Medal Winner 45

Introduction to Carolyn Kizer: Perspectives on Her Life and Work 52

Kiddielit with Anne Sexton 59

Cats in Zanzibar 66

Translations 79

Audience 85

Letter to a Young Writer 108

Notes on "Pantoum, with Swan" 111

The Poet on the Poem: Contexts and Connections 114

Taking a Stand: If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It 118

Entry in Poet's Bookshelf 121

On "Four Poems About Jamaica," William Matthews 124

Remembering Peter Davison 130

On Jane Kenyon 132

On Karl Jay Shapiro 134

1923-2008 Carol Houck Smith 136

Longfellow's Antislavery Poems 138

Introduction to Perched on Nothing's Branch: Selected Poems Attila Jószef 145

Foreword to Vive o muere Anne Sexton 150

Foreword to The Complete Love Poems of May Swenson 153

III Country Living

Geese-Go-South Moon 159

Breeding Horses 163

Foreword to Say This of Horses 173

Beautiful Soup 174

Spinach 177

The Wings of Winter 180

High Ground 183

Bear 186

How We Found Our Dog 188

Settled In at Home 190

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