George, Diana Hume. “’Keeping Our Working Distance’: Maxine Kumin’s Poetry of Loss and Survival.” In Aging and Gender in Literature: Studies in Creativity, by Anne M. Wyatt-Brown and Janice Rossen. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993. An excellent study of Kumin’s poetry focused on the issues of memory, mortality, and aging. The chapter analyzes the relationship between Kumin and Sexton and the effects of that relationship on Kumin’s poetry and concludes with an interview with Kumin.
Gioia, Dana. Review of Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief. Hudson Review 35 (Winter, 1982/1983): 652-653. Although short, this review is valuable for its critical assessment of Kumin’s poetic achievement as reflected in a volume containing work from six previous volumes of poetry. Gioia suggests reasons for Kumin’s popularity but argues that her poetic facility with language is limited.
Grosholz, Emily, ed. Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry of Maxine Kumin. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1997. Contains essays dealing with Kumin’s works from various points of view. Includes bibliographical references.
Rothschild, Matthew. “A Plenitude of Poetry.” Review of Jack, and Other New Poems. The Progressive 70, no. 2 (February, 2006): 50-51. While brief, Rothschild’s review focuses on one of the collection’s predominant themes: mortality, by way of war.
Sexton, Anne, and Maxine Kumin. “A Nurturing Relationship: A Conversation with Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin, April 15, 1974.” Interview by Elaine Showalter and Carol Smith. Women’s Studies 4 (1976): 115-136. In this rather lengthy, informal interview, Kumin and Sexton discuss their friendship and how each of them has influenced the other’s work. Although both poets insist that they do not try to influence the other’s voice, they do look at each other’s work with an eye toward improvement. Of particular interest is Sexton’s revelation that she suggested Kumin write a collection of country poems and that it be titled Up Country.
Sexton, Elaine. Review of Jack, and Other New Poems. Prairie Schooner 79, no. 3 (Fall, 2005): 175. Sexton speaks in honor of the rugged simplicity of Kumin’s poetry, and reviews the collection in the context of the poet’s biographical characteristics—from early writing that came at a time when gender lines were still thick to the poet’s septuagenarian treks through the landscapes about which she writes.