Maxine Kumin


Maxine Kumin Poems

1. Woodchucks 1/20/2003
2. In the Park 1/20/2003
3. Purgatory 1/20/2003
4. The Hermit Goes Up Attic 1/20/2003
5. Sonnets Uncorseted 12/20/2014
6. Morning Swim 2/23/2015
7. Together 2/6/2015
8. Pantoum, with Swan 2/5/2015

The Hermit Goes Up Attic

Up attic, Lucas Harrison, God rest
his frugal bones, once kept a tidy account
by knifecut of some long-gone harvest.
The wood was new. The pitch ran down to blunt
the year: 1811, the score: 10, he carved
into the center rafter to represent
his loves, beatings, losses, hours, or maybe
the butternuts that taxed his back and starved
the red squirrels higher up each scabbed tree.

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