The author of many collections of poetry, Jean Valentine has received such honors as the National Book Award, being selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and the Wallace Stevens Award... More >
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I needed a friend but
I was in the other room
—not just the other room,
or brighter blue: strange lights:
The doctor singing from The Song of Songs
'in the secret places of the stairs'
Us standing there in the past
as we were
you turning and turning my coat buttons