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Jean Valentine
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Over the course of more than four decades, contemporary American poet Jean Valentine has written eleven books of stunning, spirit-inflected poetry. This collection of essays, assembled over several years by Kazim Ali and John Hoppenthaler, brings together twenty-six pieces on all stages of Valentine's career by a range of poets, scholars, and admirers. Valentine's poetry has long been valued for its dreamlike qualities, its touches of the personal and the political, and its mesmerizing phrasing. Valentine is a National Book Award winner and was named the State Poet of New York in 2008. She has taught a number of popular workshops and has been awarded a Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Little Light on the Road: An Informal Primer on Reading Jean Valentine, in Six Brief Sections
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. Dream Barker: Preoedipal Fusion and Radiant Boundaries in Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 18-38
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  1. Pilgrims
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Orpheus and Eurydice and Gestures of Turning: Palimpsest in the Poetry of Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 43-59
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  1. On Jean Valentine’s The Messenger
  2. pp. 60-69
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  1. “Through Such Hard Wind and Light”: Jean Valentine’s Elegy for Elizabeth Bishop
  2. pp. 70-74
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  1. Jean Valentine’s Spontaneous Mythologies
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. Lost and Found: Jean Valentine’s Poems of Childhood and Motherhood
  2. pp. 81-91
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  1. Lit from Inside: Jean Valentine’s River at Wolf
  2. pp. 92-103
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  1. Ghost Sonnets
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. Incarnational
  2. pp. 111-115
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  1. Remnants and Recognition
  2. pp. 116-120
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  1. Be Still and Know: Silence in the Poetry of Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 121-125
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  1. “This Close to God this Close to You”: Incarnation in Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 126-133
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  1. Globe on Fire: Jean Valentine as a Political Poet
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. Everyone Was Drunk: Reading Jean Valentine through a Shot Glass Lens
  2. pp. 144-151
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  1. The Gift of the Double Swerve (Jean Valentine’s Endings)
  2. pp. 152-158
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  1. For Jean Valentine, Out of Thirty-five Years
  2. pp. 159-163
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  1. “The History of the World Without Words”: Mysticism and Social Conscience in the Poetry of Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 164-188
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  1. “Awake too you are everyone”: Gestures of Empathy in Jean Valentine’s New Poems
  2. pp. 189-193
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  1. Where Do You Look for Me: The Afterlife in the Poems of Jean Valentine
  2. pp. 194-198
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  1. Artifact as Metaphor: Reading Nearness in Jean Valentine’s Little Boat
  2. pp. 199-213
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  1. Secret Book Written in the Dirt: Jean Valentine’s Lucy: A Poem
  2. pp. 214-222
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  1. On Saying No: Valentine and Dickinson Break the Glass
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. The Umwelt of the Question: Notes on Territory and Desire
  2. pp. 233-237
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. Further Reading
  2. p. 244
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