Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin and Anne Sexton

Dear Laura and Friends,

I have been meaning to look into the collaborative relationship/friendship between the poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin.  They are known to have been on the phone all day; always having the other to talk to while brainstorming words for a poem or speaking of their everyday life.  Sometimes the phone would be at their ear, other times just lying on the table as they did their daily work while continuing their conversation.

Their relationship reminds me of ours.  We sure can talk!

I looked up Anne Sexton first and saw that Maxine wrote the forward to her book of poetry entitled The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton, which I am going to pick up from my local library today.  So I ventured on to research Maxine Kumin and found a wealth of interesting poetry.  MOST interestingly I discovered she wrote Mites to Mastodons, a book of poetry for children which YOU gave to my boys the last time you visited Charleston!

I like when I find myself back in a familiar place while researching the unknown.

I thought a poem from this book by Maxine would be great as we head into the weekend and make plans for my visit to your home next week…

Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Next time I will let you know what I thought of Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin’s poetry.

Enjoy the weekend,


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2 thoughts on “Maxine Kumin

  1. What a great poem and the illustrations are really terrific – I love the owl’s scarf! And nice little write-up on Anne Sexton & Maxine Kumin’s friendship and collaboration. Makes me want to read more on these women.

  2. Thanks Linda~
    I had forgotten about Tina writing about these women and it makes ME want to go back and revisit them as well! Thanks for stopping by our blog! Laura

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