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February 10, 2014

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Charles, this is good to read this morning. Maxine Kumin was a very strong and accomplished poet and woman. I met her once a long time ago when Donald Hall was still teaching at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Warm and personable and very aware of everything around her. She had a rich life as a real American woman of letters and she will be missed.

Wow, I will have to check her out! Thanks for that.

Thanks for posting this and sharing your interview. She's a real loss. I think we as readers kind of took her for granted: there she was, solid, unassuming, always part of the landscape. Part of this was having been in the shadow of the flamboyant Sexton. But now, going back and re-reading her work, we can see how damn good a poet she was - the kind who doesn't shout, whose brilliance is soft-spoken.

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