New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961. First edition. Hardcover. 106 p. Kumin's first collection of poems, which display her mastery of technique and deal with themes that she continued to explore throughout her career: identity, the ephemeral nature of life, loss, and man's relationship to nature. An enduring presence in American poetry whose career spanned over half a century, Kumin (1925-2014) was the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Inscribed by Kumin on the front flyleaf. Octavo. Original cream paper-covered boards over a black cloth spine, with gilt titles. Internally crisp and clean. The bottom corners are very lightly bumped. Some mild browning along the spine of the dust jacket; else near fine. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #62849
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