Jean Valentine
Anunciation: The Breakings

after Helene Aylon


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

Found In Volume 30, No. 03
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Jean Valentine
About the Author

Jean Valentine is the author of nine books of poetry, including Door in the Mountain, New & Collected Poems (Wesleyan, 2004).  She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Shelley Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society of America in 2000.  She lives in New York City.