Jane Flanders

(March 26, 1940 – April 12, 2001 / Waynesboro, Pennsylvania)

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Jane Flanders (March 26, 1940 – April 12, 2001) was an American poet. She was the author of three books of poetry and three posthumous volumes.

Flanders won the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Juniper Prize, and the Pushcart Prize three times, among many other awards.

Jane Ann Hess (Flanders) was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on March 26, 1940. She lived in Waynesboro ... more »

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Van Gogh's Bed

is orange,
like Cinderella's coach, like
the sun when he looked it
straight in the eye.

is narrow, he sleeps alone,
tossing between two pillows,
while it carried him
bumpily to the ball.

is clumsy,
but friendly. A peasant
built the frame; and old wife beat
the mattress till it rose like meringue.

is empty,
morning light pours in
like wine, melody, fragrance,
the memory of happiness.

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