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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 30th 1985 by Viking
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Julie Ehlers
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Long Approach is a sophisticated collection that's divided into three sections; the first delves into Kumin's childhood, the second deals with life in cities, and the third is all about Kumin's life on her New England farm. I enjoyed all three parts, but my favorite was the middle section, "Out There," which was sometimes whimsical and filled with urban magic, but just as often addressed social injustice and strife with striking, effective imagery. This was a very cool-headed set of poems. B ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I’m going home the old way with a light hand on the reins/making the long approach.”

How I love Maxine Kumin! She writes about family, history, travel, and farm life (especially horses and her beloved dalmatian), which is perhaps why I love her so faithfully. I was grieved to hear of her death two Februarys ago and thus happy to find this under-read (and now out of print?) book of her poems at a book sale. Kumin seems perpetually concerned with history, whether personal or national, and our coll
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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 died in 2014.

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