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Maxine Kumin: Past American Voice

Poetry

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson, Michelle Boisseau

Catalog Number: 20140228

We pay 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 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 formal verse. This episode is compiled from four different programs, including interviews from 1980, 1987, and 2002, as well as excerpts from a 2002 live reading, featuring poems from her 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner, Up Country and her 21st century book, The Long Marriage, reflecting experiences from her then 55 year marriage.

| Subject Matter: Marriage, Recovery, Nature, Parks, William Wordsworth | Interview Year: 2002, 1987, 1980 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress |

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