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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Poetry Friday--Remembering Maxine Kumin

New Hampshire poet, Maxine Kumin, passed away in February 2014 at the age of 88. In her long career as a writer, she not only wrote poetry, she was novelist, a writer for children, and an essayist. She served as the U. S. Poet Laureate 1981-1982.

After she passed, Kumin's estate contained a significant number of copies of her books. They were recently offered to libraries within the state. We were able to add several titles to our collection of Kumin poetry books, including a copy of And Short the Season: Poems [811.54 KUM], which was published the year she died.

Here's a poem from that collection:

JoAnn at Teaching Authors is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.


  1. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at this, Diane. Her introspection illuminates all our own thoughts, doesn't it? It's lovely that those extra books have been given out to spread her poem joy.

  2. I love this poem! I'm definitely guilty of devouring poems about poetry nonetheless.

  3. Bwahahaha.....slaves to poetry, indeed. Oh, I love this post!

  4. This is a lovely poem with a wry humor that appeals to me. I'm glad her chapbooks have found homes, and that others may discover her. Poets and the ones who love them are the audience. And school children. That's why writing poetry meant for children can be so powerful. It's an opportunity to be read by non-poets.