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Maxine W Kumin (1925 - ) is a poet, essayist and author, who was educated at Radcliffe. She and her husband had three children, but raised many other things besides; ten foals among them. The Kumins were keen riders, who evented, did long distance rides, and carriage driving. This last led to a near fatal accident for Maxine, which she wrote about in Inside the Halo and Beyond: Anatomy of a Recovery.


She is a distinguished writer, who has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Robert Frost medal, and in 1981-82 was Poet Laureate of America. Her bibliography is wide ranging, and includes at least two children’s horse books.


Finding the books: Faraway Farm is easy to find. Oh Harry! Is still in print.


Links and sources

Maxine Kumin’s website

Maxine Kumin - online poems

Thanks to Lisa Catz for the pictures and summary



Faraway Farm

W W Norton, New York, 1967, illus Kurt Werth


The story of a Shetland pony farm. Winter days are

short, and have more work than fun, but spring
brings new baby ponies. Summer keeps them
busy with lots of visitors and pony rides. Fall brings
the big county fair, with its horse show, and other
competitions.  





Bibliography - horse books only

Oh Harry!

Roaring Brook, 2011



Harry the Horse is very good indeed at calming other horses, but he has his work cut out
when six year old Algernon Adams the Third arrives at the barn.





Maxine W Kumin