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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jean Valentine  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1934 Chicago, Illinois

-- Website --
-- Jean Valentine on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

* Born in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

*'''State Poet of New York for 2008-2010'''

Published Works

  • Little Boat, Wesleyan Poetry, 2007
  • Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 - 2003, Wesleyan Poetry, 2004
  • The Cradle of the Real Life, Wesleyan Poetry, 2000
  • Growing Darkness, Growing Light, Carnegie Mellon Press, 1997
  • The Under Voice: Selected Poems, Salmon Publishing, 1995
  • The River at Wolf, Alice James Books, 1992
  • Home Deep Blue: New and Selected Poems, Alice James Books, 1989
  • The Messenger, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979
  • Ordinary Things, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974
  • Pilgrims, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969
  • Dream Barker, Yale University Press, 1965
  • Break the Glass, Copper Canyon Press, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Little boat /
ISBN: 0819568503. OCLC Number:

Wesleyan University Press,. Middletown, Conn. :. ©2007.

A collection of over forty-five poems by American poet Jean Valentine.

Door in the mountain :
ISBN: 0819567132. OCLC Number:

Wesleyan University Press,. Middletown, Conn. :. ©2004.

Presents a collection of the author's established works in addition to new poems, which deal with such topics as death, aging, and the passage of time.

The cradle of the real life /
ISBN: 0819564052. OCLC Number:

Wesleyan University Press ;. [Middletown, Conn.] :. ©2000.

"The poems ride lightly on the waves of thought, more textures than statements. The cradle of the real life is divided into two sections, the shorter first section dealing with loss and death and the longer second section, entitled 'Her lost book," which weaves memories with various metaphors for writing and deals specifically with the 'problem' of women's writing."--Cover.

Growing darkness, growing light /
ISBN: 0887482414. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh, PA :. 1997.

Contains forty-three poems by the award-winning poet.

The under voice :
ISBN: 1897648448. OCLC Number:

Salmon poetry,. Galway :. 1995.

The river at wolf /
ISBN: 0914086952. OCLC Number:

A. James Books,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©1992.

Home, deep, blue :
ISBN: 0914086812. OCLC Number:

Alice James Books,. Cambridge, MA :. [1988?]

The messenger /
ISBN: 0374208719. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, Giroux,. New York :. ©1979.

Ordinary things /
ISBN: 0374227225. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, Giroux,. New York :. ©1974.

Dream barker, and other poems /
ISBN: 0404538614. OCLC Number:

AMS Press,. New York :. 1976 c1965.

Break the glass /
ISBN: 155659321X. OCLC Number:

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"In her eleventh collection, National Book Award-winning poet Jean Valentine characteristically weds a moral imperative to imaginative and linguistic leaps and bounds. Whether writing elegies, meditations on aging, or an extended homage to Lucy, the earliest known hominid, the pared-down compactness of her tone and vision reveals a singular voice in American poetry."--Jacket.


  • State Poet of New York for 2008-2010
  • Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book,
  • Dream Barker

    , in 1965

  • Door in the Mountain

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