Women, Animals and Vegetables: Essays and Stories

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Nearly twenty years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin transplanted her urban family to an overgrown New Hampshire farm. Her latest prose work, a graceful and appealing blend of ten essays and eight stories, grew from the exertions and exhilarations of country living. Now a consummate horsewoman, Kumin here revels in the long-awaited birth of a foal; the rehabilitation of an abused mare; and such daily pleasures as the antics of Rilke, "the Poet's Dog," and the tactile beauty of home-grown vegetables. ...
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Overview

Nearly twenty years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin transplanted her urban family to an overgrown New Hampshire farm. Her latest prose work, a graceful and appealing blend of ten essays and eight stories, grew from the exertions and exhilarations of country living. Now a consummate horsewoman, Kumin here revels in the long-awaited birth of a foal; the rehabilitation of an abused mare; and such daily pleasures as the antics of Rilke, "the Poet's Dog," and the tactile beauty of home-grown vegetables. Kumin also muses on the process of writing, as inspired by the natural rhythms of farm life. Her stories, always underscored by a profound attachment to the natural world, focus subtly on personal relationships - as between a young naturalist and her widowed father; or a love affair between a hunter and a radical environmentalist. Full of anecdote and advice, love and grief, these pieces showcase one of our most versatile and deeply passionate writers.
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A collection of thematically linked pieces inspired by the author's life in rural New Hampshire. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865380844
  • Publisher: Ontario Review Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Menial Labor and the Muse 17
Long Road to an Upland Farm 20
A Horse for Fun 31
Have Saddle, Will Travel 44
Gone to the Dogs 57
Enough Jam for a Lifetime 62
Mutts 68
Children of Darkness 76
Jicama without Expectations 89
Labors of Love 114
Solstice 139
Beginning with Gussie 158
Jack 184
The Cassandra Effect 193
Bummers 233
Hey Dude 244
The Match 255
Flotation Devices 284
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