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, Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin is “unforgettable, indispensable” (New York Times Book Review). In And Short the Season, her stunning last collection, she muses on mortality: her own, and that of the earth. These deeply personal, always political poems blend myth and modernity, fecundity and death, and the violence and tenderness of humankind.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35118-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“In her final collection…Kumin is as graceful and unsparing as ever, tenderly lamenting our violations against nature and each other.” — Michael Andor Brodeur, Boston Globe

“Reading [Kumin’s] poems is an experience of sitting with a friend, a wonderfully talented friend who can describe all of life, in a poem.” — Jewish Book World

“Her poetry represented both an alertness to and an investment in the sanctified details of the natural world, a love of the music of the commonplace.” — Philip Schultz, The New Yorker

“Alongside her friend and collaborator Anne Sexton, [Kumin] embarked on a career that helped redefine what American poetry could be.” — Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

“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

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

“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

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