Break the glass

by Jean Valentine

Paper Book, 2010





Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2010.


"In her eleventh collection, National Book Award-winning poet Jean Valentine characteristically weds a moral imperative to imaginative and linguistic leaps and bounds. Whether writing elegies, meditations on aging, or an extended homage to Lucy, the earliest known hominid, the pared-down compactness of her tone and vision reveals a singular voice in American poetry."--Dust jacket.

User reviews

LibraryThing member poetontheone
Powerful and musical lyric poems of lamentation and reverie that blend the pain and wonder of modern life with the resonance of classical mythos. A strong collection by an important voice in contemporary American poetry.
LibraryThing member dasam
A quite epigrammatic collection of poems, quiet but with depth of thought and feeling.
LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
Break the Glass has a lot of space. The gaps in the poems forced me to fill in a lot of space, which bore the mark of careful attention rather than an exercise in minimalism.


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