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Break the Glass (Lannan Literary Selections)

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Publisher Comments:

"[Jean Valentine's] 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."—Library Journal

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 ancient remains, Valentine searches out ideas and explores the unexplainable. As Adrienne Rich has said of Valentine's work, "This is a poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn't approach in any other way."

From "If a Person Visits Someone in a Dream, in Some Cultures the Dreamer Thanks Them":

At a hotel in another star. The rooms were cold and

damp, we were both at the desk at midnight asking if

they had any heaters. They had one heater. You are

ill, please you take it. Thank you for visiting my dream.

*

Can you breathe all right?

Break the glass shout

break the glass force the room

break the thread Open

the music behind the glass . . .

Jean Valentine is the state poet of New York. She has earned many honors, including the National Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

Synopsis:

“[Jean Valentines] minimalist, elided style is like the quiet concentration of a bank robber trying to crack a safe.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jean Valentine: Jean Valentine is the current State Poet of New York. She is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry. She has earned many of the countrys highest honors for her work, including the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and The Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Prize. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556593215
Author:
Valentine, Jean
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 8 oz

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