Poet of the Week--Jean Valentine

By Administrator RSS Thu, February 15, 2007


Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1965 for her first book, Dream Barker. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. She is the author of many books: The Cradle of the Real Life (Wesleyan Poetry, 2000); Growing Darkness, Growing Light (Carnegie Mellon Press, 1997); The Under Voice: Selected Poems (Salmon Publishing, 1995); The River at Wolf (Alice James Books, 1992); Home Deep Blue: New and Selected Poems (Alice James Books, 1989); The Messenger (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979); Ordinary Things (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974); and Pilgrims (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969).

Happiness (3)

The moment you turned to me on W. 4th St.

Your gentleness to me




The hard winter grass here under my shoes

The frost



I knelt in the frost to your parents



The warm

light on the right hand side of your face

The light on the Buddha's eyelids



I knelt to my parents

Their suffering

How much sleep there was in sleep

How no

suffering is lost

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