Jean Valentine

(27 April 1934 / Chicago, Ill)

Jean Valentine Poems

1. Fellini in Purgatory 6/22/2015
2. Poem from the Russian 6/22/2015
3. In Prison 7/31/2015
4. The Knife 8/2/2016
5. Hospital: Strange Lights 3/5/2014
6. La Chalupa, The Boat 3/5/2014
7. X 1/13/2003
8. Ghost Elephants 3/5/2014
9. Red Cloth 3/5/2014
10. To The Black Madonna Of Chartres 3/5/2014
11. Father Lynch Returns From The Dead 3/5/2014
12. I Have Lived In Your Face 3/5/2014
13. Eleventh Brother 3/5/2014
14. Late 1/13/2003
15. Dream Barker 1/13/2003
16. Elegy For Jane Kenyon (2) 1/13/2003
17. The Branches 3/5/2014
18. The One You Wanted To Be Is The One You Are 2/19/2015
19. To Plath, To Sexton 1/13/2003
20. Sanctuary 12/9/2014
21. Friend 3/5/2014
22. Friend 2 3/5/2014
Best Poem of Jean Valentine

Friend 2

You came in a dream, yesterday —
The first day we met you showed me
your dark workroom off the kitchen,
your books, your notebooks.
Reading our last, knowing-last letters —
the years of our friendship
reading our poems to each other,
I would start breathing again.
Yesterday, in the afternoon,
more than a year since you died,
some words came into the air.
I looked away a second,
and they were gone, six lines,
just passing through.

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I have decorated this banner to honor my brother.
Our parents did not want his name used publicly
-- from an unnamed child's banner in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky.
I remember looking at you, X, this way,
taking in your red hair, your eyes' light, and I miss you
so. I know,
you are you, and real, standing there in the doorway,

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