2004 National Book Award Winner: Poetry


DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003


About the Book

More than 70 new poems accompany selections from eight previous books in Door in the Mountain.

About the author

Jean Valentine is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently, The Cradle of Real Life (Wesleyan, 2000). Her newest book, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan), is due for publication in fall 2004. Valentine’s first book, published in 1965, was the recipient of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Valentine has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Maurice English Prize, a Sara Teasdale Award, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The New York Council for the Arts.

Valentine has taught at Swarthmore College, Barnard College, Yale University, Bucknell University, American University, The University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Programs of New York University and Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y.

Jean Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City.

Jean Valentine's web address is www.jeanvalentine.com.

Excerpt from Jean Valentine's
Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003


I saw my soul become flesh breaking open/
the linseed oil breaking over the paper/
running down pouring/
no one to catch it my life breaking open/
no one to contain it my/
pelvis thinning out into God/