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House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate

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Published May 16th 1975 by Penguin Books
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Oct 16, 2009 Marguerite rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, feminism
This book, actually titled, House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate, is divided into five thematic sections. I really liked the first two and enjoyed the third, but with fewer Post-It flags. The last two, not so much. Maxine Kumin writes about the ordinary in extraordinary ways:

"That a man may be free of his ghosts
he must return to them like a garden.
He must put his hands in the sweet rot
uprooting the turnips, washing them
tying them into bundles
and shouldering the whole load to market."

"Their chromosomes
Feb 22, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it
I'd forgotten that I'd already read most of these poems in her collected works, but no matter, because I love Maxine Kumin, and I'm always in the mood for her. Nature, horses, Jesus, vulgarity, swimming: What more do you really need in a book of poems?
Nov 11, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
Enjoyed this collection, though it did feel a little uneven.

I really liked the last, short section of poems for her horse. I know, it doesn't sound like something I would like. I suppose that's why it was so well done...
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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.
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