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Always Beginning
Maxine Kumin
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Always Beginning
Essays on a Life in Poetry
Maxine Kumin

A collection of essays exploring the workings of poetry and the individual poet's role in society. Whether writing about horses, breast cancer, villanelles or her friendship with Anne Sexton, Kumin examines both the mechanics of the underlying poetry and the human senses propelled by its effects. A starred review in Library Journal called Always Beginning, "highly readable, full of humor and insight."

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For Always Beginning, Maxine Kumin

"In this wonderful miscellany, Kumin weaves together all the disparate elements of her life... More than the in-depth look at the poetic life promised by the title, this memoir also offers an intriguing look at modern country life, shares Kumin's experiences of being both a mother and an artist, and delves into her deep eighteen-year friendship with Anne Sexton... The prose is highly readable, full of humor and insight, and each essay brims with a kind of grace. Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Her devotion to form in poetry and to [Anne] Sexton are the most charming aspects of this memoir."—The Los Angeles Times

"Copper Canyon has given us all a valuable snapshot of this funny, vital, generous writer."—Harvard Review

"[Kumin's] poems and essays continue in a wide circle to teach and inspire. Always Beginning does both, and is a good gift to yourself if you yearn to write. Or just to be a better poetry reader."—The Pilot

"[Kumin] will, with her measured cadences, always be a true artist."—Women’s Review of Books

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