Catherynne M. Valente

(5 May 1979 / Seattle, Washington)

Catherynne M. Valente Poems

1. The Descent Of The Corn-Queen Of The Midwest 12/12/2011
2. The Secret Of Being A Cowboy 12/12/2011
3. Past The Rivers 12/12/2011
4. Glass, Blood, And Ash 12/12/2011

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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Best Poem of Catherynne M. Valente

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,
inside a shirt ropy with gold tassels and primogeniture.

I never wanted it. I just
wanted to look like you
for one night. It should be you
hoisted up like a sack of wheat—
I stole your ruby comb,
your garnet pendant.
It must have been
your jewels he loved.

You will like it — they will put emeralds in your hair
and a thin gold crown on your ...

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