Jean Valentine Poems
- To Plath, To Sexton So what use was poetry to a white empty ...
- Dream Barker We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat. ...
- Elegy For Jane Kenyon (2) Jane is big with death, Don sad ...
- X I have decorated this banner to honor my brother. ...
- Late Late have I called & late my beloved was blessing ...
- Friend 2 You came in a dream, yesterday — The first day we ...
- Ghost Elephants In the elephant field tall green ghost ...
Jean Valentine is an American poet, and currently the New York State Poet (2008–2010). Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, was awarded the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
Her most recent book Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her first book, Dream Barker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 1965. She has published poems widely in literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, and Harper's Magazine, and The American Poetry Review. Valentine was one of five poets including Charles Wright, Russell Edson, James Tate and Louise Gluck, whose work... more »
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To Plath, To Sexton
So what use was poetry
to a white empty house?
Wolf, swan, hare,
in by the fire.
And when your tree
crashed through your house,
what use then
was all your power?
It was the use of you.
It was the flower.