Who is Jean Valentine

For 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?
    Your mother?
    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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Friend 4 Away 3 Life 3 Red 3 Water 3 Year 3 Blue 3 Beauty 2 Breath 2 Dream 2


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  • Sherlyholmes: poem of the day: “i came to you” by jean valentine.
  • Kashmirmailbox: i want to go back to you, who when you were dying said “there are one or two people you don’t want to let go of.” here too, where i don’t let go of you. jean valentine, isn’t there something
  • Trivarnah: “the longing for touch was what they lived out of” - jean valentine, door in the mountain
  • Misswuthering: jean valentine…a word sorceress!
  • Molmohsen: ❝you     who i don’t know     i don’t know how to talk to you —what is it like for you there?❞ from ‘sanctuary’ by jean valentine
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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.

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Psalm Iii: My God, How Many Are My Fears
 by Isaac Watts

My God, how many are my fears!
How fast my foes increase!
Conspiring my eternal death,
They break my present peace.

The lying tempter would persuade
There's no relief from heaven;
And all my swelling sins appear
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