By Jean Valentine

"As elliptical and significant as Emily Dickinson, Valentine always rewards the reader."—Library Journal

In her 11th collection—honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry—Jean Valentine regularly weds an ethical principal to imaginitive and linguistic leaps and limits. even if writing elegies, meditations on getting older, or a longer homage to Lucy, the earliest recognized hominid, the pared-down compactness of her tone and imaginative and prescient unearths a novel voice in American poetry. As Adrienne wealthy has acknowledged of Valentine's paintings, "This is a poetry of the top order, since it we could us into areas and meanings we could not method in the other way."

From "If somebody Visits a person in a Dream, in a few Cultures the Dreamer thank you Them":

At a lodge in one other famous person. The rooms have been chilly and
damp, we have been either on the table at nighttime asking if
they had any warmers. that they had one heater. You are
ill, please you're taking it. thanks for traveling my dream.

*
Can you breathe all right?
Break the glass shout
break the glass strength the room
break the thread Open
the tune in the back of the glass . . .

Jean Valentine, a former nation Poet of latest York, earned a countrywide booklet Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence, ny college, and Columbia collage. She lives within the Morningside Heights local of recent York City.


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