Who is Jean ValentineFor the World War II bombe operator at Bletchley Park, see Jean Valentine (bombe operator). Jean Valentine (born April 27, 1934) is an American poet and was the New York State Poet Laureate from 2008–2010. Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, was awarded the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
Her most recent book, Shirt In Heaven, was published in 2015 by Copper Canyon Press. Before that, Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her first book, Dream Barker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 1965. She has published poems widely in literary journals and magazines...
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Jean Valentine Poems
- I Have Lived In Your Face
I have lived in your face.
Have I been you?
giving you birth â?? ...
- Dream Barker
We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat.
I got there first: in a white dress: I remember
Wondering if you'd come. Then you shot over the bank,
A Virgilian Nigger Jim, and poled us off ...
- Elegy For Jane Kenyon (2)
Jane is big
with death, Don
sad and kind - Jane
though she's dying ...
- La Chalupa, The Boat
I am twenty,
drifting in la chalupa,
the blue boat painted with roses,
white liliesâ?? ...
- Ghost Elephants
In the elephant field tall green ghost elephants
with your cargo of summer leaves
at night I heard you breathing
at the window Don't you ever ...
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- Ascmullaney: you have put on christ on saint valentine's weekend, we celebrated the baptisms of five children. let's welcome nora jean bobyack, carson allen & grace frances taylor, fred james kincaid, and parker lynn kilkelly (not pictured) and congratulate their families!
- Elenambyrne: ok so there’s valentine’s/mothers & fathers day, religious celebrations... but no recognition for eldest daughters?? the backbones of society??? make it make sense
- Poetsonline: we lost jean valentine this year.
- Aghaniumnedu1: i read this devastatingly beautiful jean valentine poem every night. it is in equal parts a prayer and a lament.
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Joan Sidney: Jean was a great poet, an incredibly caring human being, and a wonderful teacher. Her passing is a great loss to all of us. I met her in 2012 at the Artist’s Colony.