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By Jean Valentine

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

In her 11th collection—honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry—Jean Valentine typically 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 identified hominid, the pared-down compactness of her tone and imaginative and prescient finds a unique voice in American poetry. As Adrienne wealthy has stated of Valentine's paintings, "This is a poetry of the top order, since it we could us into areas and meanings we could not procedure in the other way."

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

At a lodge in one other superstar. The rooms have been chilly and
damp, we have been either on the table at the hours of darkness asking if
they had any warmers. they'd 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 song in the back of the glass . . .

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


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