The Long Marriage by Maxine Kumin

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

Themes of loyalty, longevity, and recovery appear here, along with poems addressing the eminent dead: Wordsworth, Gorki, Rukeyser, and others. "Inescapably, many poems come up out of the earth I live on and tend to," Kumin says.

About Maxine Kumin

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Maxine Kumin is a former poet laureate of the United States. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire.
Published May 17, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 119 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Indeed, ''The Long Marriage'' is Kumin's first book of poems since she broke her neck during a riding accident, and she brings a clipped, wry realism to her experiences in rehab and recovery: ''Enslaved / three months in axial traction, in what they call / a halo, though stooped, I'm up.

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This new collection, her first after a well-received Selected Poems: 1960–1990 (1997), contains poems that pertain to this experience, with observant details about physical therapy classes that would have daunted a writer of less steely strength.

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