listening to maxine kumin

dear maxine
i should have read your works
over the years
instead of receiving in the mail
the notice of your death
before i found the art
you cleverly buried in an old eastern farmhouse…
breaking out        you and ms. sexton lunched weekly    discussing life and writing in each other’s kitchens      navigating through the times and the hours as brave timekeepers            when women’s emotional poetry was poo-pooed        by the poet men….

what was it that you fixed for lunch that day for you and ann?     a simple soup and a tuna-fish sandwich?     did you know the depth of her despair   as she left your kitchen    as she waved goodbye out the window       as she headed home down your road       after  hugging you farewell until next week   could you have imagined that she might drive her car into her garage      making the decision to  leave the motor    running    running     running     weary of this life             as drowsiness and fumes        sent her off to her long-desired               and final sleep

poetry foundation featured you, maxine    reading the poem you wrote for her
your voice,  filtered through an aged recording inside of an abandoned old barn
your perfect words reached through your rusty farm gates
pulling in my breath      pulling you    and the love for your friend

in closer to my heart
and here i remain           nestled among your birch and sunflowers

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About lindalou5150

as exercise or exorcism, i write...for the eyes of others, for my eyes and heart only, for the love and the rage, i write...to release the gamut of emotion...to tell the truth and say what's often thought but not written...
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3 Responses to listening to maxine kumin

  1. David Garcia says:

    beautiful poem…thanks for sending…kept up the good work…and take good care of yourself…xd

  2. Karmanot says:

    Absolutely lovey. For some reason I am thinking about May Sarton.

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