Maxine Kumin | 2010

02/01/2010  by Arlo Haskell  1 Comment

photo by Sharon Mcgauley

Maxine Kumin was born in 1925 and lives on a horse farm in rural New Hampshire. She has published sixteen collections of poetry as well as numerous books for children, four of which were co-written with the poet Anne Sexton. Kumin won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Up Country, and served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1981-1982. Three new books by Kumin are forthcoming in the spring of 2010: Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010; The Roots of Things: Essays; and What Color is Caesar?, a book for children.

In this January 10 recording from the 2010 Key West Literary Seminar, Kumin reads a selection of poems from the forthcoming New & Selected, including “Looking for Luck in Bangkok,” “Praise Be,” “The Nuns of Childhood: Two Views,” “Rendezvous,” “Jack,” “The Final Poem,” and “Seven Caveats in May.”

From KWLS 2010: Clearing the Sill of the World


This recording is available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author. © 2010 Maxine Kumin. Used with permission from Maxine Kumin.

One Response

  1. Richard Fischer says:

    “I hung my bathrobe on two pegs,
    I took the lake between my legs”

    Thanks for Maxine’s voice. I enjoyed a reading by her in the mid to late 70s at Hamlin College, St. Paul,MN.

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