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To Make a Prairie: Essays on Poets, Poetry, and Country Living

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Kumin reflects on the process of writing poetry and on life in the country
Paperback, 206 pages
Published December 21st 1979 by University of Michigan Press
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Rick
Mar 08, 2014 Rick rated it really liked it
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I toyed with the idea of doing one review for both this book (1979), part of the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry Series, and Kumin’s Always Beginning (2000), so close in theme, topic, and structure they are. But both books are good and except for the essay on Frost’s “Provide Provide,” which is in both, different in actual content. Five interviews begin the book. Each is interesting, though a randomness of questions describes the one by Interlochen students, more like a general Q&A ...more
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Mar 16, 2014 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it
In my quest to return to serious reading and thinking about poetry as an art form, I dug up this gem of a collection. It is not what I expected, which was a lighthearted, folksy, '70s-style reminiscence about the 'new' poets of that era getting back to the land, embracing wholistic lifestyles and penning humorous lyrics about their experiences. Instead, it is a very serious discussion about craft, some of which is entirely scholarly in nature, from Kumin and other lettered luminaries of the post ...more
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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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