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80 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. POETRY. New poems from a National Book Award winner. Following her National Book Award-winning Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003, Jean Valentine returns with a meditative and magical new collection. In Little Boat, Valentine continues her exploration of spiritual life, confronting the realities of aging and death in the serene and dreamlike voice so beloved by her many readers. Infusing even the most melancholy subjects with warmth and humanity, Little Boat explores such subjects as grief, ordinary objects, illness, and memory, carrying the reader into disparate worlds, rendering the complexity of our common experience through startling images. The poet's extraordinary juxtapositions blur the boundaries of the material world and the invisible, the given and the assumed, the present and the sometimes recently absent. Readers will find Valentine's quiet epiphanies on rich display here, as this much-heralded poet quietly merges the sorrowful and the sublime. The Table of Contents of the book is as follows: La Chalupa, the Boat • For her • The Artist in Prison • In Memory • But your touch • The Poet • Photographs at her Wake • Mattress on the floor: • Lord of the world! • The door is fallen down • Door • The father was a carrier • Gray • Once I was girls and boys • The Eleventh Brother (2) • "Remote Objects of Intense Devotion" • The first thing • That I had treated you badly • Day & Night • All around the outside • JESUS SAID • The Woman's Poem • Annunciation Poem • The Poet's Poem • The Teacher's Poem • Death Poem • The Afterlife Poem • STRANGE LIGHTS • Hospital: far from home • Hospital: At last • Hospital: strange lights • Hospital: It was euphoria • Hospital: Scraps • A BOWL OF MILK • The Look • I wanted to be sure to reach you • When she told me • This Side • His White Jade Eggs • I was lying there • The Harrowing • FROM THE QUESTIONS OF BHANU KAPIL • Where did you come from/how did you arrive? • What is the shape of your body? • What do you remember about the earth? • What are the consequences of silence? • How will you/have you prepare(d) for you death? • MARIA GRAVIDA, MARY EXPECTANT • Maria Gravida • Eye of water • Moose and calf • To my soul (2) • The Rose • Notes • Acknowledgments. "Little Boat is a book of mystical minimalism, poems pacing the horizon between life and death. Valentine looks hard at our mortal gestures&emdash; and sees in them evidence of a radical, heretical, sacred benevolence."&emdash; Rosanna Warren, author of Departure (Key Words: Jean Valentine, Poetry, National Book Award Winners).
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