Door in the Mountain

New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003

By Jean Valentine
Wesleyan, Hardcover, 9780819567123, 308pp.

Publication Date: November 2004

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Description
Since the 1965 publication of her first book, Dream Barker, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award, Jean Valentine has published eight collections of poetry to critical acclaim. Spare and intensely-felt, Valentine's poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. This volume gathers together all of Valentine's published poems and includes a new collection, Door in the Mountain.
Valentine's poetry is as recognizable as the slant truth of a dream. She is a brave, unshirking poet who speaks with fire on the great subjects love, and death, and the soul. Her images strange, canny visions of the unknown self clang with the authenticity of real experience. This is an urgent art that wants to heal what it touches, a poetry that wants to tell, intimately, the whole life.



About the Author
Author of over a dozen poetry collections, Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book in 1965, and subsequent collections have won the The PSA's Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000 and the National Book Award in 2004. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, Columbia, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
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