Catherynne M. Valente

(5 May 1979 / Seattle, Washington)

Comments about Catherynne M. Valente

  • Marquis De Piro (4/28/2012 5:01:00 AM)

    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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Past The Rivers

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

I sat as if an icon,
and Demeter brushed my hair
with a comb of crocus and water.

On either side of my candled body,

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