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Poet Maxine Kumin dies at 88

Feb. 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

WARNER, N.H., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin has died of natural causes at her farm in Warner, N.H., her daughter said. She was 88.

Kumin died Thursday, though daughter Judith Kumin said her mother was active and writing "right up to the end."

"On Saturday night she beat me at Scrabble, and the next morning she couldn't get out bed," Judith Kumin said.

Kumin was the author of more than three dozen books -- including a memoir, novels, children's literature and poetry -- the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Her fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

A poet whose work was often difficult to categorize, Kumin said one of her chief influences was British poet W.H. Auden.

Her final book of poetry, "And Short the Season," is scheduled to be published in the spring.

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