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Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery
by Maxine Kumin
In July 1998, when Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving clinic, she was not expected to live. Yet, less than a year later, her progress pronounced a miracle by her doctors, she was at work on this journal of her astonishing recovery. She tells of her time "inside the halo," the near-medieval device that kept her head immobile during weeks of intensive care and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published May 1st 2000)
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A blow by blow account of Kumin’s rehabilitation from a broken neck caused by a fall from a horse-drawn carriage. Kumin was fortunate to survive without being paralyzed, but it was touch and go for some time. The halo which is a stabilizer for the head and neck was endured for a period of months. Anyone who has undergone rehab for a serious injury will recognize the process: the putty, pegs and clothespins designed to improve dexterity, the weights to gain strength, the squat machines, bikes and ...more
This is a well-written, detailed account of the aftermath of a terrible accident when the author was seventy-three. What emerges is the story of a strong, determined and, yes, fortunate person. She packs a lot of information about the accident, her recovery and many other areas of her life in 205 pages, including some of her poetry. Reading this made me want to read more of her writing. [She died this year (2014) at the age of 88.] I highly recommend this to someone who has or knows someone who ...more
This book was well written and interesting to me as someone who works with people who have had fractures of the spine. I am thinking of making a list of books I'd like my students to read, and I'd put this on that list because it tells you so much about the patient's experience. I was familiar with some of her poetry, and the poems (few) in this book were good.
Maxine Kumin's 17th poetry collection, published in the spring of 2010, is Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. Her awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost Medals. A former US poet laureate, she and her husband lived on a farm in New Hampshire. Maxine Kumin passed away in 2014.More about Maxine Kumin...