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Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010

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Publisher Comments:

Without a Claim is a modern Book of Psalms. Indeed, the glory in these radiant sacred songs meld an art of high music with a nuanced love of the world unlike any weve heard before. No matter your mood upon entering this world youll soon be grateful, and enchanted. In any such house of praise, God herself must be grateful.” — Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Failure and The God of Loneliness

Grace Schulman, who has been called “a vital and permanent poet” (Harold Bloom), makes new the life she finds in other cultures and in the distant past. In Without a Claim, she masterfully encompasses music, faith, art, and history. The title poem alludes to the Montauk sachem who sold land without any concept of rights to property, and meditates on our own notion of ownership: “No more than geese in flight, shadowing the lawn, / cries piercing wind, do we possess these fields, / given the title, never the dominion.” She traces the illusion of rights, from land to objects, from our loves to our very selves. Alternatively, she finds permanence in art, whether in galleries or on cave walls, and in music, whether in the concert hall, on the streets of New York, or in the waves at sea.

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"The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible."--

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Grace Schulman, already known as "an elegiac, highly original religious lyricist" (Harold Bloom), elegantly weaves between generations and continents in her new collection.

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Here is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable range of Maxine Kumin, one of America's greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from five previous books, together with twenty-three new poems that pay homage to Kumin's farm life and also to poets of the past.

from "The Taste of Apple"
     I could hardly see as he hoisted the great swaying body aloft
     and bore it across the road to the hole and in the cold dark I poured
     a libation of apple juice for the earth to welcome his corpse--
     some drops spilled on his chestnut flank and some dribbled
     on his cheek and splashed onto his yellow teeth as he lay
     deep on one side and my hand shook--I could hardly see--
     rocking my grief back and forth over this kind death
     the taste of apple wasting in his mouth.

About the Author

Maxine Kuminis the author of sixteen books of poetry. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

1

Celebration 3

The Sound 4

Moon Shell 8

Antiques Fair 9

Hurricane 11

Before the Fall 13

Variations on a Line by Whitman 15

Division 16

2

Letter Never Sent 19

Poets Walk, Central Park Mall 23

Street Music, Astor Place 25

Woman on the Ceiling 27

My Fathers Watches 30

Havdalah 33

Charles Street Psalm 35

Walking to Elijah 37

3

Hickories 41

Shadow 42

Yellow 44

Handels Messiah 46

Bells 48

The Last Crossing 50

At the Physical Therapists 52

Danger, 53

4

In Praise of Shards 57

Chauvet 59

Love in the Afternoon 61

The Visit 63

Whelk 65

Green River 68

Fools Gold 69

5

Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire 70

The Night Dancers 75

Cool Jazz 76

At the House of Jackson Pollock 77

Tattoo 79

God Bless the Child 81

100 83

The Printmaker 85

The Unbuilder 87

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393076493
Author:
Kumin, Maxine
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Schulman, Grace
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.27 lb

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Product details 235 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393076493 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible."--
"Synopsis" by , Grace Schulman, already known as "an elegiac, highly original religious lyricist" (Harold Bloom), elegantly weaves between generations and continents in her new collection.
"Synopsis" by , Here is a landmark collection celebrating the remarkable range of Maxine Kumin, one of America's greatest living poets. Where I Live gathers poems from five previous books, together with twenty-three new poems that pay homage to Kumin's farm life and also to poets of the past.

from "The Taste of Apple"
     I could hardly see as he hoisted the great swaying body aloft
     and bore it across the road to the hole and in the cold dark I poured
     a libation of apple juice for the earth to welcome his corpse--
     some drops spilled on his chestnut flank and some dribbled
     on his cheek and splashed onto his yellow teeth as he lay
     deep on one side and my hand shook--I could hardly see--
     rocking my grief back and forth over this kind death
     the taste of apple wasting in his mouth.
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