Thursday, April 21, 2011

National Poetry Month: Jean Valentine

"Time is matter here"
Jean Valentine

Time is matter here
The freight train
I saw in the morning
still in the evening
inching across the flatlands
word after slow word
too many to count

And you are matter—
your eyes, your long legs,
slow breath sometimes catching
in your sleep, your head
resting against the bus window,
tired horse,
tired rider

This poem appeared in Jean Valentine's 2010 collection
Break the Glass, which was nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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