n/p: Circa 1972. Original Poem; Photograph. Original poem hand-written & signed by Maxine Kumin An entirely hand-written & signed poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin (1925-2014), along with an undated, uncredited black-&-white photograph of the poet. The poem, in two stanzas & entitled The Diary Keeper: To Remember T.H. White, is written in cursive script in light-black ink on a sheet of heavy paper stock (approx. 9&1/2"x11"). The subtitle & the last three lines of the poem are underlined, & Kumin has signed her name below. This poem was first published in the February 1973 issue of Ms. Magazine, & so this manuscript probably dates to 1972. Matted together with the poem is an undated photograph of Kumin, photographer unknown, which is pasted onto a piece of thin board (approx. 5"x6x1/2"). The image appears to be contemporary with the poem, when Kumin would have been about 47 years old. Entire piece measures approx. 16"x12". A one-of-a-kind collectible in the hand of this acclaimed poet, who also published many novels, essays, short stories & children's books. Manuscript page in near-fine condition with browning esp. near edges inside matting; possibly a bit of fading to ink; portions of last line of first stanza & first four lines of second stanza are light-blue colored & slightly fuzzy from sunning &/or moisture. Photograph in fine condition though permanently affixed to board as noted above with browned residue of pasting hidden within matting. Versos of page & photograph taped to matting with tape & paste residue at edges; a few small pieces of tape on verso of page. Matting in fair-poor condition with vertical closed tear-breaks at mid-upper & lower edges; rear side with penciled measurements & tape, residues noted above. It is recommended that the two still-beautiful, fragile items be carefully removed from the matting, re-matted & framed with archival glass.
Note: Additional postage will be required. Fine (photograph; Near Fine (manuscript page). [Item #2157]