Little Boat

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Little Boat [Reading] ➰ Little Boat ➸ Jean Valentine – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 e 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.

    Hardcover Å Little Boat eBook ï 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 67 pages
  • Little Boat
  • Jean Valentine
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 0819568503

About the Author: Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine born April , is an American poet, and currently the New York State Poet Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain New and Collected Poems, , was awarded the National Book Award for PoetryHer most recent book Break the Glass Copper Canyon Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Her first book, Dream Barker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in She has published poems widely in literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, and Harper s Magazine, and The American Poetry Review Valentine was one of five poets including Charles Wright, Russell Edson, James Tate and Louise Gluck, whose work Lee Upton considered critically in The Muse of Abandonment Origin, Identity, Mastery in Five American Poets Bucknell University Press, She has held residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, and the Lannan foundation, among othersShe was born in Chicago, USA, received bachelor of arts and a master of arts degrees at Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City She has taught with the Graduate Writing Program at New York University, at Columbia University, at the nd Street Y in Manhattan, and at Sarah Lawrence College She is a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts She was married to the late American historian James Chace from , and they have two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca.



10 thoughts on “Little Boat

  1. Nicola Nicola says:

    This book came alive on its second reading In between readings, I listened to Valentine read aloud some of her poems Her voice was so incredibly vulnerable that it felt bold to me I don t pretend to always understand what is happening in her poems, but because they are so little, they are so intense When she doubles a word or uses the motif of halves , you really feel and experience its often uncanny weight Another intensity is her divergent forms like the exclamation mark, only hav This book came alive on its second reading In between readings, I listened to Valentine read aloud some of her poems Her voice was so incredibly vulnerable that it felt bold to me I don t pretend to always understand what is happening in her poems, but because they are so little, they are so intense When she doubles a word or uses the motif of halves , you really feel and experience its often uncanny weight Another intensity is her divergent forms like the exclamation mark, only having Spanish in one poem La Chalupa, the Boat , different gaps and spacing, colons, italics, etc When I slowed down and read these poems aloud, I became almost preternaturally aware of her forms, and the psychological leaps enacted by these forms These poems are by no means tame

  2. Anna Anna says:

    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 y 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 twoBlessed 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

  3. Kitty Kitty says:

    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

  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    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.

  5. Amy Amy says:

    I don t love this as much as Door in the Mountain, but there are some beautiful pieces in here.

  6. Alyson Hagy Alyson Hagy says:

    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 .

  7. Melissa Melissa says:

    I admire Valentine s use of workaday words, transfigured.

  8. Garoosh Barbarus Lacroix Garoosh Barbarus Lacroix says:

    Minimalismehh Its like choosing the eat an anorexic pigeon over a plump Thanksgiving turkey.

  9. Alissa Alissa says:

    strange, mysterious, spare, and full of wisdom

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10 thoughts on “Little Boat

  1. Nicola Nicola says:

    This book came alive on its second reading In between readings, I listened to Valentine read aloud some of her poems Her voice was so incredibly vulnerable that it felt bold to me I don t pretend to always understand what is happening in her poems, but because they are so little, they are so intense When she doubles a word or uses the motif of halves , you really feel and experience its often uncanny weight Another intensity is her divergent forms like the exclamation mark, only hav This book came alive on its second reading In between readings, I listened to Valentine read aloud some of her poems Her voice was so incredibly vulnerable that it felt bold to me I don t pretend to always understand what is happening in her poems, but because they are so little, they are so intense When she doubles a word or uses the motif of halves , you really feel and experience its often uncanny weight Another intensity is her divergent forms like the exclamation mark, only having Spanish in one poem La Chalupa, the Boat , different gaps and spacing, colons, italics, etc When I slowed down and read these poems aloud, I became almost preternaturally aware of her forms, and the psychological leaps enacted by these forms These poems are by no means tame


  2. Anna Anna says:

    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 y 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 twoBlessed 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


  3. Kitty Kitty says:

    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


  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    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.


  5. Amy Amy says:

    I don t love this as much as Door in the Mountain, but there are some beautiful pieces in here.


  6. Alyson Hagy Alyson Hagy says:

    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 .


  7. Melissa Melissa says:

    I admire Valentine s use of workaday words, transfigured.


  8. Garoosh Barbarus Lacroix Garoosh Barbarus Lacroix says:

    Minimalismehh Its like choosing the eat an anorexic pigeon over a plump Thanksgiving turkey.


  9. Alissa Alissa says:

    strange, mysterious, spare, and full of wisdom


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