Maxine Kumin hosted by Henry Taylor. In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo's "The Writing Life," taped in 1997, the late poet, novelist and memoirist Maxine Kumin talks with fellow poet Henry Taylor about life on her New Hampshire farm, her rhyme and meter and how she befriended poet Anne Sexton. Kumin reads “Casablanca,” and discusses its rhyme and meter, then reads “Morning Swim.” Her farm life appears in many of her poems, including two she reads here, “The Vealers” and “Hello, Hello Henry.” In talking about Anne Sexton, she explains that they were women poets in an inhospitable world, and reads “How It Is.” Her adventures in foreign lands and with wildlife are highlighted in the two poems she reads last, “We Stood There Singing” and “The Rendezvous.” Maxine Kumin died Feb. 6, 2014. Visit www.hocopolitso.org for more information.
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