Fellini in Purgatory

Jean Valentine

 
He was shoveling sand
at the edge of the water, his heavy black glasses
glittered with rain:
"Don't you see how much like a woman I am?"
Shovel, shovel.
His throat was wrapped in water,
and the water flowered with milt.
Shoveler, are you eating the earth?
Earth eating you?
Teach me
what I have to have
to live in this country.
And he, as calm as calm, though he was dead:
"Oh,—milt,—and we're all of us milt."
 
From Door in the Mountain. Copyright © 2004 by Jean Valentine. Reprinted with permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Poems by This Author

Annunciation by Jean Valentine
I saw my soul become flesh
Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine
Eleventh Brother by Jean Valentine
one arm still a swan's wing
Father Lynch Returns from the Dead by Jean Valentine
There's one day a year
Friend by Jean Valentine
Friend I need your hand every morning
Friend, by Jean Valentine
You came in a dream, yesterday
Ghost Elephants by Jean Valentine
In the elephant field
Hospital: strange lights by Jean Valentine
I needed a friend but
I have lived in your face by Jean Valentine
I have lived in your face
La Chalupa, the Boat by Jean Valentine
I am twenty
Red Cloth by Jean Valentine
Red cloth
Susan's Photograph by Jean Valentine
The Branches by Jean Valentine
The branches looked first like tepees
To the Black Madonna of Chartres by Jean Valentine
Friend or no friend


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