Maxine Kumin: Past American Voice
04/30/2014 - We continue the celebration of Poetry Month with a tribute to Maxine Kumin, who died on February 6, 2014 at the age of 88. A former Consultant in Poetry to Library of Congress (now known as the US Poet Laureate), Kumin is heralded for her poetry and her dedication to feminism. Associated with her contemporaries Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and close friend, Anne Sexton, Kumin worked as an essayist, children's author, and fiction writer, but is best known for her straightforward and unflinching poetic verse that covered a range topics from skinny-dipping with William Wordsworth to her own recovery from a near fatal accident. Compiled from 1980, 1987, and 2002 interviews, with readings from UP COUNTRY to her 21st century book, THE LONG MARRIAGE, reflecting experiences from her then 55 year marriage.