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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  • Lasvegasstepper: norman connors feat. jean carne & michael henderson - valentine love
  • Vqr: adrienne rich was born on this day in 1929. jean valentine wrote of her close friendship with rich in our spring 2006 issue: “it’s rare even to meet a poet you admire this deeply, and so much more rare to become close friends, lifetime friends.”
  • Hannibalpoems: jean valentine, “the knife”
  • Secondhandsins: jean valentine (growing darkness, growing light)
  • Yalereview: "the day was obscure, one more lick of the quiet licking at the door, her soft black magic, swallowing him, the children, the world" —jean valentine, tyr spring 1967
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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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There is a blue star, Janet,
Fifteen years- ride from us,
If we ride a hundred miles an hour.

There is a white star, Janet,
Forty years- ride from us,
If we ride a hundred miles an hour.

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