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Eighteen new poems extend the trajectory of Jean Valentine’s work. Included are selections from her four previous books: Dream Barker, Pilgrims, Ordinary Things, and The Messenger. Her themes of pilgrimage, time, and human connection are revealed in intense meditations.

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Overview

Eighteen new poems extend the trajectory of Jean Valentine’s work. Included are selections from her four previous books: Dream Barker, Pilgrims, Ordinary Things, and The Messenger. Her themes of pilgrimage, time, and human connection are revealed in intense meditations.

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This book, a wise selection from older work and a generous offering of new poems, should win Valentine the audience she deserves. Long admired by poets such as Auden, Bishop, and Lowell, she remains inexplicably neglected. Her poems are a rare pleasure: serious and graceful, never glib, testimony to the strength and beauty of the lyric as a music of words, not ideas. As elliptical and demanding as Emily Dickinson, Valentine consistently rewards the reader: ``The pear tree buds shine like salt;/ the stretch of new-ploughed earth holds up/ five colors of brown to the strict sun--/ like an old woman's open hand, at rest.'' Reading her work aloud, a joy in itself, serves to dispel any obscurity. For anyone interested in lyric poetry.-- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon P.L., S.D.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780914086819
  • Publisher: Alice James Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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