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Author: VALENTINE, JEAN
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Valentine, Jean    Poet's Biography
121 poems available by this author


1943, THE VISION        Recitation by Author


1945    Poem Text    
First Line: A year in the pacific
Subject(s): Fathers; War


A WEED GREEN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Goes after life
Subject(s): Weeds


ABORTION CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought: / you live somewhere
Subject(s): Abortion; Imagination; Fancy


ACTUARIAL FILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Orange peels, burned letters, the car lights shining on the grass,
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


AFTER ELEGIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost two years now I've been sleeping
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


AMERICAN RIVER SKY ALCOHOL FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: What is pornography? What is dream?
Last Line: Your hand. I wouldn't swim. I would fly
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


ANNUNCIATIONS: THE BREAKINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw my soul become flesh breaking open
Last Line: Pelvis thinning out into god
Subject(s): God


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose we are standing together a minute
Subject(s): Prayer; Death; Dead, The


ARCHANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's dark in here
Subject(s): Angels


AT A HOTEL IN ANOTHER STAR        Recitation by Author
First Line: At a hotel in another star. The rooms were cold and
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


AT THE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN THE ACADEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The young scholar, her weeping finger
Subject(s): Academia; Women; Reality


BEES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A man whose arms and shoulders
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


BLACK FOR THE PEOPLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The man I am with is black
Subject(s): Love - Cultural Differences; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BROKEN-DOWN GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine her quick
Subject(s): Girls


BUTANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The huge aluminum airship
Subject(s): Gas; Fire; Airships


CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: You are in a blind / desert -- child
Last Line: Who sees
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


COLTRANE, SYEEDA'S SING FLUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: To marilyn, to peter, / playing, making things: the walls, the stairs
Last Line: Up to the shins, up the eyes, / closed over
Subject(s): Children; Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Childhood


COUVRE-FEU; AFTER PAUL ELUARD (IN PEACETIME)    Poem Text    
First Line: What could you expect
Last Line: Were on flesh one bone
Subject(s): City & Town Life


DEAREST    Poem Text    
First Line: This day broke
Subject(s): Family Life; Disappointment; Relatives


DECEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: We all walk up and down
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


DON'T SILENCE YOUR SELF, NO TE CALLES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He took some words from the bowl
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Never ran this hard through the valley
Subject(s): Deer


DREAM BARKER    Poem Text    
First Line: We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat
Last Line: Bone dry, old, in a dry land, jim, my jim
Subject(s): Dreams; Dinners & Dining


DU MUSST DEIN LEBEN ANDERN - RILKE    Poem Text    
First Line: What was once is still
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ELEGY FOR JANE KENYON    Poem Text    
First Line: Jane is big
Subject(s): Kenyon, Jane (1947-1995); Death; Dead, The


ELEVENTH BROTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: One arm still a swan's wing
Subject(s): Brothers; Half-brothers


EMBRYO    Poem Text    
First Line: Still mermaid / inside her
Last Line: To the real life
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


EVERYONE WAS DRUNK    Poem Text    
First Line: South dakota, august 1989. The buffaloes' deep red-brown
Last Line: For joy. Journalism. Stories
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


FATHER LYNCH RETURNS FROM THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: There's one day a year
Subject(s): Death, Return From


FELLINI IN PURGATORY    Poem Text    
First Line: He was shoveling sand
Subject(s): Purgatory; Fellini, Federico (1920-1993)


FOR A WOMAN DEAD AT THIRTY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In memory / you / go through that
Last Line: Opened into the third / star-darkness
Variant Title(s): For A Woman Dead At Thirty (2)
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Dead, The


FORCES    Poem Text    
First Line: This man, blind and honored
Last Line: God break me out / of this stiff life I've made
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend I need your hand every morning
Subject(s): Friendship


GHOST ELEPHANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the elephant field
Subject(s): Elephants; Ghosts


HALF AN HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurt, hurtful, snake-charmed,
Subject(s): Togetherness


HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember our happiness?
Last Line: This is the happiness he leaned his head against
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HAPPINESS (3)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The moment you turned to me on w. 4th st.
Subject(s): Relationships


HAWKINS STABLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It was years before you could climb
Subject(s): Stables


HE LEAVES THEM:    Poem Text    
Last Line: Loses the blue


HER LOST BOOK, PART II, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: She wrote a book. Lost to us
Subject(s): Books


HERE THERE IS NO LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drink -- cut my wrists
Last Line: Doctors looking down a well
Subject(s): Suicide


HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: You were willing to like me, and I did something,
Last Line: Is so wrong
Subject(s): Youth; Love - Beginnings


HOSPITALS: STRANGE LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I needed a friend but
Subject(s): Hospitals


I AM FANE A PAGE IN THE COURT OF SPACE        Recitation by Author


I HAVE LIVED IN YOUR FACE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


IN OUR CHILD HOUSE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Father .. Sorrow
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories


IN PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: In prison / without being accused
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


INKWELL DAYBREAK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


LA CHALUPA, THE BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am twenty,
Subject(s): Boats


LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Late have I called &
Last Line: In the sun I took my arms away
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


LEAVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark black line
Last Line: Wet canvases . . .
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LETTER        Recitation by Author


LISTENING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My whole life I was swimming listening
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


MARE AND NEWBORN FOAL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When you die
Subject(s): Horses; Birth; Death; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The


MARGARET, D. 1985    Poem Text    
First Line: At the back of the church
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: Margaret, D. 1985
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


MOTHER AND CHILD, BODY AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: You've boarded me over like a window or a well.
Subject(s): Mothers


MY OLD BODY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self


NIGHT LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: He must have been one or two, I was five
Last Line: "the solitude drunk
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


NOON IN THE LINE OUTSIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pretty woman with a prisoner number, cdcp ****, written in ballpoint on the palm of her hand
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


ON A PASSENGER FERRY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The deck is big, and crowded. In one corner
Subject(s): Paley, Grace (1922-2007)


ONCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once there was a woodcutter
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Love - Beginnings


ONE FOOT IN THE DARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: People forget
Subject(s): Memory


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: You. You running across the field
Last Line: Tossing a shoe up, a handful of hair
Subject(s): Eurydice (Nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


PHOTOGRAPH OF DELMORE SCHWARTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: A young king
Subject(s): Schwartz, Delmore (1913-1966); Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


POEM FOR REGINALD SHEPHERD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Dear reginald, / it is morning.
Subject(s): Shepherd, Reginald (1963-2008)


POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: You, poem
Last Line: World electric with you
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


READING THE MANDELSTAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow falling the sixth night
Subject(s): Mandelstam, Osip (1892-1941)


RED CLOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Red cloth / I lie on the ground


RODNEY DYING: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I vacuumed your bedroom
Last Line: Everything is sad but what's real
Variant Title(s): Rodney Dying (3)
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Death; Dead, The


SANCTUARY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fear; Death; Solitude; Dead, The; Loneliness


SEPARATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ok my child
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SKATE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now a year after your death, fish-mother, skate
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


STILL LIFE: IN THE EPIDEMIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Light / old leaf spine
Last Line: Green, blue
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


SUSAN'S PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am the razorthat has been put away, also
Subject(s): Suicide


TELL ME, WHAT IS THE SOUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There is a prison room,
Subject(s): Soul; Mandelstam, Osip (1892-1941)


THE BASKET HOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Relationships


THE BLUE DORY, THE SOUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: -- I left the blue dory


THE BRANCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The branches looked first like tepees
Subject(s): Trees


THE CARRIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The father was a carrier
Last Line: Little brothers, I miss you.  so.  heavy-laden
Subject(s): Men; Conduct Of Life; Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for the food,' we said
Last Line: Candle of 'find it.' my life
Subject(s): Churches; Food & Eating; Cathedrals


THE COIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: While you were alive
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DRINKER    Poem Text    
First Line: You -- breathless
Last Line: Will take you out
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


THE GROWING CHRIST OF TZINTZUNTZAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Come in / at the narrow door, and then


THE IMAGINATION SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine / getting each other's jokes
Last Line: Unremarkable friendship…
Subject(s): Friendship; Death; Dead, The


THE JUST-BORN RABBITS    Poem Text    
First Line: The just-born rabbits in the garden
Last Line: Thy leave to sleep
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE KNIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: In my sleep:
Subject(s): Sleep; Relationships


THE LOCKED WARD: O.T.    Poem Text    
First Line: Poster paints, big brushes
Last Line: Sir … none
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Mothers


THE MESSENGER: 1. THE FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the strange house / in the strange town
Last Line: His eyes / settle on us
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE NIGHT OF WALLY'S SERVICE, WALLY SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Most people will reflect back to you
Last Line: Most people wanted me to come back, / but not mark
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


THE ORPHANAGE LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: We her countrypeople are deep asleep
Subject(s): Orphans; Foundlings


THE PEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The sandy road, the bright green two-inch lizard
Last Line: Not moving / held
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


THE POWER TABLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You, lying across the wide bed, vertical,
Subject(s): Relationships


THE RING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ring was
Variant Title(s): Rome Dream
Subject(s): Rings


THE RIVER AT WOLF    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Coming east we left the animals
Last Line: Green skin, lit from inside. Our second life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE ROSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A labyrinth, / as if at its center,
Subject(s): Body, Human; God


THE SECOND DREAM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We all heard the alarm. The planes were out
Subject(s): Air Raids


THE SUMMER HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: She took his hand
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Books; Solitude; Love; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Reading; Loneliness


THE SUMMER WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Stanley, my ex, the painter, / stepped out of his van
Last Line: You and I, like god, across everything
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE UNDER VOICE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I saw streaming up out of the sidewalk the homeless women and men
Subject(s): Homeless


THE VERY BAD HORSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My first own home


THE WELSH POET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


THE WINDOWS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Funeral dream
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE WOMEN'S PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: The women in the prison
Subject(s): Women; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THIS MINNUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The videotape runs
Last Line: Watching.  and here it starts over
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


TO A FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot give you much or ask you much
Last Line: My hands, my eyes, my tongue are like bark to the touch
Subject(s): Love


TO THE BARDO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I dreamed I finally got through to c on the phone
Subject(s): Illness


TO THE BLACK MADONNA OF CHARTRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend or no friend
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


TO THE MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's the letter I wrote
Last Line: That's my work in life
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


TRIM MY HOOVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


TRUST ME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who did I write last night? Leaning
Last Line: God fills us as a woman fills a pitcher
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


TRUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sharing bread / is sharing life
Last Line: Wet canvases . . .
Subject(s): Truth


WHAT GOD SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: After she died / her son destroyed her paintings
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: What God Said
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WILLI, HOME; IN MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night, just before sleep, this: a bright
Last Line: Brave. Tall. Home. Deep. Blue
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


X    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (Disease)


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (2)       
First Line: The earthblue eye of the boatpond smiled at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


YOU ASK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: \
Subject(s): Relationships


YOUR MOUTH 'APPEARED TO ME'    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mouth 'appeared to me'
Last Line: Transparences of every hand and mouth
Subject(s): Body, Human


YOUR NUMBER IS LIFTING OFF MY HAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Relationships