Maxine Kumin & Hashem Shaabani

7 Feb

Poet Maxine Kumin

.. sad day for poetry with the death of Maxine Kumin.  And the execution of poet Hashem Shabani.  Here’s a love poem from Maxine Kumin.  I think of its movement often.

CONTINUUM:  A LOVE POEM

going for grapes with
ladder and pail in
the first slashing rain
of September    rain
steeping the dust
in a joyous squelch    the sky
standing up like steam
from a kettle of grapes
at the boil    wild fox grapes
wickedly high    tangled in must
of cobweb and bug spit
going for grapes    year
after year    we two with
ladder and pail stained
with the rain of grapes
our private language

 

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