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And Short the Season


Maxine Kumin (Author)


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?

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • April 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-24100-6
  • 5.8 × 8.6 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Exquisite pastorals of her New Hampshire farm mix with politics and echoes of past poets, possessing a directness that makes each piece necessary and vital.” — Publishers Weekly

“Filled with joy, sorrow, anger, mortality, politics and horses.” — Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness

“Kumin is as graceful and unsparing as ever… One of Kumin’s best aspects as a poet was her regard for words, which she held as precious as any other living thing.” — Michael Andor Brodeur, Boston Globe

“Unlike many of her contemporaries, including Anne Sexton, Kumin knew how to trim the deadness around her, letting the life come through for decades… Short the season, but long the legacy.” — Amber Tamblyn, Bust

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