Still to Mow

By Maxine Kumin
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393065497, 95pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

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Here Maxine Kumin's signature nature poems are shaken up and invigorated by the darker, human realities. She focuses our attention on the pleasures of horse-keeping with poems such as "The Zen of Mucking Out," then exhorts us to "Please Pay Attention," decrying Dick Cheney's "canned hunting / where you don't stay to pluck / the feathers." With equanimity, Kumin faces the disappointments and joys of sixty years of marriage ending with the unspoken question of "Which of us will go down first...."

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