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Maxine Kumin at the NYS Writers Institute in 2005

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Published on Mar 16, 2009

Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is renowned for her meditations on farm life, the love between parents and children, and the rural New England landscape. Critics often compare her in terms of style, content, and stature to fellow New Englanders Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau. Kumin received the Pulitzer Prize for her 1972 collection, Up Country. Other collections include The Long Marriage (2001), Nurture (1989), The Long Approach (1985), and Halfway (1961). Her most recent poetry collection is Jack and Other New Poems (2005), which features reflections on death, the body, beloved animals, and the nature of memory. She is also the author of more than twenty children's books, four of which she wrote with her friend, the late poet Anne Sexton. Kumin's many honors include the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in Literature, and the Levison Award of Poetry magazine. In 1981, Kumin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress.

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