Jean Valentine

The Sunday Poem : Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine

By |04.06.13|

 

 

“I am happy living simply/ like a clock, or a calendar,” Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva wrote in 1919.

Tsvetaeva’s life was anything but simple, for she had the misfortune of living through some of the most turbulent years in Russian history.

She married […]

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The Sunday Poem : Janlori Goldman

By |12.15.12|

 

 

It’s hard to believe that the winter solstice is this week. For residents of the Northern Hemisphere, December 21st is both the longest night, and the shortest day, depending on your perspective. On December 21st, there will be 24 hours […]

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The Sunday Poem : Jean Valentine

By |09.29.12|

 

 

No one has captured the essence of Jean Valentine’s poetry as eloquently as the late writer Adrienne Rich:

“Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the […]

The Sunday Poem: Jean Valentine

By |09.24.11|

 

 

In Prison

 

In prison
without being accused

 

or reach your family
or have a family            You have

 

conscience
heart trouble

 

asthma
manic-depressive

 

(we lost the baby)
no meds

 

no one
no window

 

black water
nail-scratched walls

 

your pure face turned […]

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