Maxine Kumin


Poems of Maxine Kumin

1. In the Park 1/20/2003
2. Purgatory 1/20/2003
3. The Hermit Goes Up Attic 1/20/2003
4. Woodchucks 1/20/2003

Purgatory

And suppose the darlings get to Mantua,
suppose they cheat the crypt, what next? Begin
with him, unshaven. Though not, I grant you, a
displeasing cockerel, there's egg yolk on his chin.
His seedy robe's aflap, he's got the rheum.
Poor dear, the cooking lard has smoked her eye.
Another Montague is in the womb
although the first babe's bottom's not yet dry.
She scrolls a weekly letter to her Nurse

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