Maxine Kumin


Maxine Kumin Poems

1. Running Away Together 4/21/2015
2. To Swim, To Believe 6/24/2015
3. Pantoum, With Swan 2/5/2015
4. Sonnets Uncorseted 12/20/2014
5. Morning Swim 2/23/2015
6. Together 2/6/2015
7. The Hermit Goes Up Attic 1/20/2003
8. In The Park 1/20/2003
9. The Quarrel 1/15/2016
10. Woodchucks 1/20/2003
11. Purgatory 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Maxine Kumin

Purgatory

And suppose the darlings get to Mantua,
suppose they cheat the crypt, what next? Begin
with him, unshaven. Though not, I grant you, a
displeasing cockerel, there's egg yolk on his chin.
His seedy robe's aflap, he's got the rheum.
Poor dear, the cooking lard has smoked her eye.
Another Montague is in the womb
although the first babe's bottom's not yet dry.
She scrolls a weekly letter to her Nurse
who dares to send a smock through Balthasar,
and once a month, his father posts a purse.
News from Verona? Always news of war.
Such sour years it takes ...

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