Always Beginning

Always Beginning

Essays on A Life in Poetry

Book - 2000
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In her essays, as with her Pultizer Prize-winning poetry, Maxine Kumin is equally at ease musing over her garden or discussing poetic form, raising horses or critiquing the work of other poets. For Kumin, poetry is inseparable from daily life. Whether remembering the early days of courtship with her husband (who then worked at Los Alamos during the first nuclear tests) or observing a grandchild learning to swim, poetry is a natural part of the discussion, as when, during an MRI, she recounts the healing role of memorized poems: "Lying in my MRI tomb and doggedly reciting the poem against the terrible rapping, I realized what saved me..." "Maxine Kumin's practical yet sensual New England reflections are a gift to any lover of the country."-New York Times Book Review "Kumin, bless her heart, just gets better and better."-Library Journal In addition to twelve volumes of poetry, Maxine Kumin has published books of essays, short stories, and novels, and collaborated on four children's books with the late Anne Sexton. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, she has also served as the Poet Laureate and was, until her recent controversial resignation, a chancellor at the Academy of American Poets. She lives with her husband, Victor, on a farm in central New Hampshire. Table of Contents Part One Excerpts from a June Journal Beans June 1, 1991: Sleeping Late June 16, 1991: Final Foal Journal Entry, PoBiz, Texas Notes from My Journal, Kyoto, December 1984 Part Two Interstices Swimming and Writing Motherhood and Poetics October 4, 1995 For Anne at Passover Recitations First Loves Part Three An Appreciation of Marianne Moore's Selected Letters This Curious Silent Unrepresented Life Josephine Jacobsen Back to the Fairground: Mona Van Duyn A Postcard from the Volcano Essay on Robert Frost Part Four Trochee, Trimeter, and the MRI: On A Shropshire Lad Gymnastics: The Villanelle A Way of Staying Sane Word for Word: "Poem for My Son" Scrubbed Up and Sent to School Part Five Keynote Address, PEN-New Eng
Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781556591419
Characteristics: xi, 237 p. ; 23 cm


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