Together

By Maxine W. Kumin 1925–2014
The water closing   
over us and the   
going down is all.   
Gills are given.   
We convert in a   
town of broken hulls
and green doubloons.
O you dead pirates   
hear us! There is   
no salvage. All
you know is the color
of warm caramel. All
is salt. See how
our eyes have migrated
to the uphill side?   
Now we are new round   
mouths and no spines   
letting the water cover.
It happens over   
and over, me in   
your body and you   
in mine.

Maxine Kumin, “Together” from The Nightmare Factory (New York: Harper & Row, 1970). Copyright © 1970 by Maxine Kumin. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: The Nightmare Factory (Harper & Row, 1970)

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Poet Maxine W. Kumin 1925–2014

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Marriage & Companionship, Growing Old, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals, Living, Nature

Occasions Anniversary

 Maxine W. Kumin

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An enduring presence in American poetry, Maxine Kumin’s career spanned over half a century. She was the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. She was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress in 1981-1982, and taught at many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including MIT, Princeton, and . . .

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SUBJECT Marriage & Companionship, Growing Old, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals, Living, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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