Maxine Kumin, 6/6/1925—2/6/2014
I was very lucky, back in the 1970’s, to be able to work with Ms Kumin in workshops arranged by Sena Jeter Naslund at the University of Louisville. She had a tremendous influence on me at the time, and I’ve never stopped reading her work.
I think of what drops from us and must then
be moved to make way for the next and the next.
However much we stain the world, spatter
it with out leavings, make stenches, defile
the great formal oceans with what leaks down
trundling off today’s last barrow-full
I honor shit for saying: We go on.