For a friend who died young

Who is my lord?

The bark of the birch tree is

my lord,
the sap of the young tree;

the leap of his voice
in the new branches—

friend,
let me in—

Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Dream Barker, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 1965, and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003, which won the National Book Award in 2004. The Poet Laureate of New York from 2008 to 2010, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize earlier in 2017 for her most recent book, Shirt in Heaven (Copper Canyon Press).
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Jean Valentine is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Dream Barker, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 1965, and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003, which won the National Book Award in 2004. The Poet Laureate of New York from 2008 to 2010, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize earlier in 2017 for her most recent book, Shirt in Heaven (Copper Canyon Press).