Little Boat (Wesleyan Poetry)

Little Boat (Wesleyan Poetry)strange, mysterious, spare, and full of wisdom More ephemeral than other volumes I have read by Valentine, this one captures the lightness of life in choppy waters the artist poling her boat through the passage between the birth and death with a reverence that has been won looking for the other which may be her own soul. The best way to read this book is all the way through as one poem in one sitting It is amazing this way in this way what is happening and being said will be understood intuitively, rather than trying to find and articulate specific meanings individually from the sparse poems Jean Valentine is a wonderful reader of her work if you ever get a chance to see her, you should go I like the spareness of the poems Then again, one has to be in the mood for it.This was my favorite because I felt satiated, without having to chew too hard Hospital ScrapsScraps of hard feelingsleft on the floorwinter materialBut out the windowsun on the snowDressmaker s pins somebody s soula feminine glint in the trees Lean, haunting poems that draw emotion from deep wells I can see why Valentine is considered one of our major living poets I m going to read. I don t love this as much as Door in the Mountain, but there are some beautiful pieces in here. I admire Valentine s use of workaday words, transfigured. Minimalismehh Its like choosing the eat an anorexic pigeon over a plump Thanksgiving turkey. A few poems I love from this book In MemoryI was over at your place,but you weren t there.The window was covered a leafy gold screen,but it was a gate, locked, double locked,and over that, thick double velvet drapes And then, out of the winter blue,there leapt from branch to branch thismonkey armed woman.Jumping on my back,suffering things She wasAddiction I guess,but life, too,skating on axes on her frozen sea,life demanding life Flying life,demanding to not know,demanding to know.You Did you ever thinkyou could do something useful You know.Radiant Hospital ScrapsScraps of hard feelingsleft on the floorwinter materialBut out the window sun on the snowDressmaker s pins somebody s soula feminine glint in the treesI was lying thereI was lying there, half alivein a wooden room at a Russian country place.You sat by me quietly It s true you leftsometimes, but came back, sat by mekindly quietly.Woodsman, would you go back to the little light wrapped treesand turn them on again The hide of the deer shiveredThe summer wind riffled through my hair You are ona long, patient, summer visit from death.I am forgiven Forgiving To your placethe next to be born.And two Blessed are thosewho break off from separatenesstheirs is wildheaven.To my soul 2 Will I miss youuncanny otherin the next life And you I, my other, leavethe body, not leave the earth And you, a child in a field,and I, a child on a train, go by, go by,And what we hadgive way like coffee grainsbrushed across paperNote in the first poem suffering is in italicsand the proper spacing for I was lying there is not coming through Following Her National Book Award Winning Door In The Mountain New And Collected Poems Jean Valentine Returns With A Meditative And Magical New Collection In Little Boat, Valentine Continues Her Exploration Of Spiritual Life, Confronting The Realities Of Aging And Death In The Serene And Dreamlike Voice So Beloved By Her Many Readers Infusing Even The Most Melancholy Subjects With Warmth And Humanity, Little Boat Explores Such Subjects As Grief, Ordinary Objects, Illness, And Memory, Carrying The Reader Into Disparate Worlds, Rendering The Complexity Of Our Common Experience Through Startling Images The Poet S Extraordinary Juxtapositions Blur The Boundaries Of The Material World And The Invisible, The Given And The Assumed, The Present And The Sometimes Recently Absent Readers Will Find Valentine S Quiet Epiphanies On Rich Display Here, As This Much Heralded Poet Quietly Merges The Sorrowful And The Sublime

Jean Valentine born April 27, 1934 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 67 pages
  • Little Boat (Wesleyan Poetry)
  • Jean Valentine
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 9780819568502

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