Maxine Kumin And Short the Season: Poems

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And Short the Season: Poems

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, a stunning collection of poems that course with the rhythms of nature.

A poet of piercing revelations and arresting imagery, Kumin is "unforgettable, indispensable" (New York Times Book Review). In And Short the Season she muses on mortality: her own and that of the earth. Always deeply personal, always political, these poems blend myth and modernity, fecundity and death, and the violence and tenderness of humankind.

From "Whereof the Gift Is Small"

And short the season, first rubythroat
in the fading lilacs, alyssum in bloom,
a honeybee bumbling in the bleeding heart
on my gelding’s grave while beetles swarm
him underground. Wet feet, wet cuffs,
little flecks of buttercup on my sneaker toes,
bluets, violets crowding out the tufts
of rich new grass the horses nose
and nibble like sleepwalkers held fast―
brittle beauty―might this be the last?

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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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Poet, children’s author, fiction writer, and holder of the Pulitzer Prize, Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Robert Frost Medal, Kumin, approaching 90, is writing at her clarion best in her newest collection following Where I Live: New and Selected Poems, 1990–2010 (2010). Perennially inspired by her love for horses and her New Hampshire farm, where she has long tended to a “Jewish atheistic all-organic / vegetable garden,” Kumin writes with biological precision (“feeding the ancient mycorrhizal paths”), an unflinchingly realistic appreciation for nature’s equilibrium, and keenly informed outrage over humanity’s planetary mayhem. A seasoned protest poet, Kumin turns to history in her condemnation of “the luxury of not knowing,” writing of Nazis hiding in Paraguay and the abominations at Guantánamo. She offers an unusual perspective on our propensity for schadenfreude, pays tribute to the trailblazing seventeenth-century writer, Margaret Cavendish, and looks back to her own emergence as a poet in male-dominated precincts. Kumin also offers extraordinarily graceful and powerfully stoic elegies and musings on time and death, taking deep breaths and reminding herself and us to follow nature’s imperative, “Begin again.” --Donna Seaman

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