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Maxine Kumin


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  • Until the Women's Movement, it was commonplace to be told by an editor that he'd like to publish more of my poems, but he'd already published one by a woman that month ... this attitude was the rule r...
    Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. poet. As quoted in A Gift That Cannot be Refused, ch. 2, by Mary Biggs (1990). Written in 1983 on a survey questionna...
  • ''Women are not supposed to have uteruses, especially in poems.''
    Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. poet and feminist. As quoted in Women's Studies, p. 135 (1976). On the restrictions on poetry's subject matter due to...
  • With a broad shoehorn
    I am unstuffing a big bird in this dream
    Msomebody else's holiday feast—
    and repacking the crop of my own,
    knowing it will burst with such
    Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. poet. "In the Uneasy Sleep of the Translator," lines 1-6 (1975).
  • ''Poetry
    makes nothing happen.
    It survives
    in the valley of its saying.''
    Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. poet. "Lines Written in the Library of Congress After the Cleanth Brooks Lecture," lines 224-227. "Poetry/makes nothi...
  • ''In the county there are thirty-seven churches
    and no butcher shop. This could be taken
    as a matter of all form and no content.''
    Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. Jewish poet. "Living Alone with Jesus," lines 10-12 (1975). Written while living in Danville, Kentucky.
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  • Rochelle Cashdan (6/17/2008 1:20:00 PM)

    I looked for Maxine Kumi's poems after reading Credo and several other poems by her in No More Masks, an anthology of 20th centurywomen poets.

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