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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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“The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible.”—Booklist
Here is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable range of Maxine Kumin, one of America’s greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from five previous books, together with twenty-three new poems that pay homage to

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“The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible.”—Booklist
Here is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable range of Maxine Kumin, one of America’s greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from five previous books, together with twenty-three new poems that pay homage to Kumin’s farm life and also to poets of the past.
from “The Taste of Apple”I could hardly see as he hoisted the great swaying body aloft
and bore it across the road to the hole and in the cold dark I poured
a libation of apple juice for the earth to welcome his corpse—
some drops spilled on his chestnut flank and some dribbled
on his cheek and splashed onto his yellow teeth as he lay
deep on one side and my hand shook—I could hardly see—
rocking my grief back and forth over this kind death
the taste of apple wasting in his mouth.

Editorial Reviews

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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