Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In addition to poetry, Maxine Kumin (KYEW-muhn) has written novels, including Through Dooms of Love (1965), The Designated Heir (1974), and Quit Monks or Die! (1999), a murder mystery involving animal experimentation. She has published a collection of short stories, Why Can’t We Live Together Like Civilized Human Beings? (1982), and collections of essays, including To Make a Prairie: Essays on Poets, Poetry, and Country Living (1979) and In Deep: Country Essays (1987). More contemplative works are Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry (2000), which is notable for its depictions of modern country life as well as the author’s ruminations on poetic craft, and Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery (2000), recounting Kumin’s difficult recuperation from a July, 1998, accident during a horse-riding competition that left her, at the age of seventy-three, with two broken cervical vertebrae. With Deborah Brown and Annie Finch, Kumin edited Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (2005). She has published numerous volumes of children’s literature, several coauthored with Anne Sexton.