Where I Live: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2010
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Where I Live: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2010

by Maxine Kumin
     
 

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Where I Live is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable poetic range of one of America's greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from Maxine Kumin’s five previous books: Still to Mow, Jack and Other New poems, The Long Marriage, Connecting the Dots, and Looking for Luck. The poems take as their concern rural life

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Where I Live is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable poetic range of one of America's greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from Maxine Kumin’s five previous books: Still to Mow, Jack and Other New poems, The Long Marriage, Connecting the Dots, and Looking for Luck. The poems take as their concern rural life, family, and poetic legacy, and they wrestle with political and social causes. Also included is a generous selection of twenty–three new poems, which expand upon themes that have preoccupied Kumin and bring her record of poetic mastery up to the present.

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David Kirby
…deeply satisfying…Kumin's casual mastery of beat and rhyme suggest her debt to the poets who preceded her. As Emerson knew, poetry is not a terminus but a journey toward a destination never reached—it's the journey that counts. Poems like "Looking Back in My Eighty-First Year" unroll with a deceptive smoothness that brings to mind Freeman Dyson's description of the Nobelist Paul Dirac's papers on quantum mechanics: "Exquisitely carved marble statues falling out of the sky, one after another."
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393076493
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(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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