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By Jean Valentine

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

In her 11th collection—honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry—Jean Valentine generally weds an ethical crucial to creative and linguistic leaps and boundaries. 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 shall we us into areas and meanings we could not strategy in the other way."

From "If an individual Visits anyone in a Dream, in a few Cultures the Dreamer thank you Them":

At a inn in one other celebrity. The rooms have been chilly and
damp, we have been either on the table in the dark asking if
they had any warmers. that they had one heater. You are
ill, please you're taking it. thanks for vacationing 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 country Poet of latest York, earned a countrywide e-book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence, manhattan college, and Columbia collage. She lives within the Morningside Heights local of recent York City.


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