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Maxine Kumin

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.


Books by Maxine Kumin

  1. Book CoverAnd Short the Season: Poems

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

  2. Book CoverBringing Together: Uncollected Early Poems 1958-1989

    "The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible."—BooklistMore

  3. Book CoverConnecting the Dots: Poems

    "Kumin's is a poetry of wide sympathy and tact in which the ecumenical flavor is dominant. . . . This collection is full of generational severance and renewal, and a tart and compassionate irony."—The New YorkerMore

  4. Book CoverInside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

    "Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."—Carolyn HeilbrunMore

  5. Book CoverJack and Other New Poems

    "Measured but warm, this work draws you in; it is another success among her many titles."--Library JournalMore

  6. Book CoverThe Long Marriage: Poems

    This luminous collection is Maxine Kumin's twelfth volume of poetry, the first since her remarkable memoir, Inside the Halo.More

  7. Book CoverLooking for Luck: Poems

    "From a marketplace in Bangkok to the fields of New Hampshire, from recollections of her own childhood to celebrations of an infant grandson, Kumin stakes her far-flung claims with authority in her tenth book of poetry."--Publishers WeeklyMore

  8. Book CoverThe Pawnbroker's Daughter: A Memoir

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin comes a timeless memoir of life, love, and poetry.More

  9. Book CoverSelected Poems, 1960-1990

    Gathered from nine collections representing three decades of work, these poems—newly available here in a rich and varied volume—celebrate the growth of a major artist.More

  10. Book CoverStill to Mow: Poems

    "Kumin writes ... with the clear gaze of a journalist and the ire of an activist.... Filled with love."—Christian Science MonitorMore

  11. Book CoverWhere I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010

    "The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible."—BooklistMore