Jean Valentine

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Jean Valentine reads "Trust Me" and "Once I Was Girls and Boys." She was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger PoetsAward for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her most recent collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003, is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.

Music: Chicago Underground Duo (Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek) - "Micro Exit" - from the album Axis and Alignment from Thrill Jockey

Trust Me
by Jean Valentine

Who did I write last night? leaning
over this yellow pad, her, inside,
making chicken tracks: two
sets of blue footprints, tracking out
on a yellow ground,
child's colors.

Who am I?
who want so much to move
like a fish through water,
through life...

Fish like to be

Fish move through fish! Who
are you?

And Trust Me said, There's another way to go,
we'll go by the river which is frozen under the snow;

my shining, your shining life draws close, draws closer,
God fills us as a woman fills a pitcher.