By Jean Valentine
"Jean Valentine has a present for difficult strangeness, but in addition a dreamlike syntax and demeanour of arranging the strains of . . . brief poems with a view to draw us into the doubleness and fluency of feelings."The long island instances e-book Review
Quietly marked via elegy and reminiscence, nationwide e-book Award winner Jean Valentine's 13th ebook is empowered through her signature transparent song and compassion. Valentine leads us chronologically from adolescence drawings and wartime stories to the current, the place she addresses getting older and the lack of household. those poems of soft grace examine the small histories few ever totally see.
Shirt in Heaven
Come upon a snapshot
of mystery you, smiling like FDR, leaning in your crutches
come upon letters i presumed i might burned
I consider you have a spot with plenty of stairs.
I'm on the finish of anything, you are initially . . .
dearest, they informed me a health professional sat down
in the health facility morgue, subsequent in your physique, & cried.
He yelled on the aide to get out.
His sons have been your students.
me too, little-knowing
Jean Valentine is the present nation Poet of recent York and writer of twelve books of poetry, together with Door within the Mountain, which received the nationwide booklet Award. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence collage, manhattan collage, and Columbia collage, and lives within the Morningside Heights local of recent York City.