Jean Valentine

(27 April 1934 / Chicago, Ill)

Jean Valentine Poems

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

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
To a little sea-food barker's cave you knew.

What'll you have? you said. Eels hung down,
Bamboozled claws hung up from the crackling weeds.
The light was all behind us. To one side

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