Jean Valentine

(27 April 1934 / Chicago, Ill)

Jean Valentine Poems

1. Fellini in Purgatory 6/22/2015
2. Poem from the Russian 6/22/2015
3. Hospital: Strange Lights 3/5/2014
4. La Chalupa, The Boat 3/5/2014
5. Ghost Elephants 3/5/2014
6. Red Cloth 3/5/2014
7. To The Black Madonna Of Chartres 3/5/2014
8. Father Lynch Returns From The Dead 3/5/2014
9. I Have Lived In Your Face 3/5/2014
10. Eleventh Brother 3/5/2014
11. The Branches 3/5/2014
12. The One You Wanted To Be Is The One You Are 2/19/2015
13. Sanctuary 12/9/2014
14. Friend 3/5/2014
15. Friend 2 3/5/2014
16. Late 1/13/2003
17. X 1/13/2003
18. Elegy For Jane Kenyon (2) 1/13/2003
19. Dream Barker 1/13/2003
20. To Plath, To Sexton 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Jean Valentine

To Plath, To Sexton

So what use was poetry
to a white empty house?
Wolf, swan, hare,
in by the fire.
And when your tree
crashed through your house,
what use then
was all your power?
It was the use of you.
It was the flower.

Read the full of To Plath, To Sexton

Eleventh Brother

one arm still a swan's wing
The worst had happened before:
love—before I knew it was mine—
turned into a wild swan
and flew across the rough water
Outsider seedword until I die
I will be open to you as
an egg speechless red

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