Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente Poems

Glass, Blood, And Ash

Please, silk-​​sister, do this thing for me.

I do not want to sit on that broad-​​backed horse,
or smell his skin, grassy and hot as boiled husks,

Past The Rivers

I sat as if a statue,
and Hades brushed my hair
with a comb of iron and asphodel.

The Secret Of Being A Cowboy

Did I ever tell you I used to be a cowboy?
It’s true.
Had a horse name of Drunk Bob

The Descent Of The Corn-Queen Of The Midwest

Hades is a place I know in Ohio,
at the bottom of a long, black stair
winding down I-76 from Pennsylvania,
winding down the weeds

Catherynne M. Valente Comments

Marquis De Piro 28 April 2012

She's clearly got it - perhaps I should not have used 'clearly'. I have often stopped half way through a poem, but not with Valente - she transmits the need to read on.

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Catherynne M. Valente Biography

Catherynne M. Valente (born Bethany L. Thomas) is a Tiptree–, Andre Norton–, and Mythopoeic Award–winning novelist, poet, and literary critic. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, the World Fantasy Award–winning anthologies Salon Fantastique and Paper Cities, along with numerous Year's Best volumes. Her critical work has appear ...

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