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Critical Essay | Critical Essay by Sybil P. Estess

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Critical Essay by Sybil P. Estess

SOURCE: "Past Halfway: The Retrieval System, by Maxine Kumin," in The Iowa Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, Fall, 1979, pp. 99-109.

Estess is an American poet and critic. In the following essay, she analyzes the ways in which Kumin faces loss in The Retrieval System.

The Retrieval System, Maxine Kumin's sixth book of poetry, is about surviving loss. It confirms things many of us already knew about its author, a just-past-middle-age, increasingly refined, non-suicidal poet. The main value in both her life and her poetry is preservation. That which is retrieved in her system may be the simple life of fruits and vegetables or it may be something in her unconscious. But in The Retrieval System the things that most need to be recovered, savored and saved are the memories of those no longer within the poet's physical...

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