one arm still a swan's wing The worst had happened before: love—before I knew it was mine— turned into a wild swan and flew across the rough water Outsider seedword until I die I will be open to you as an egg speechless red
From Door in the Mountain. Copyright © 2004 by Jean Valentine. Reprinted with permission of Wesleyan University Press.
The author of many collections of poetry, Jean Valentine has received such honors as the National Book Award, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Date Published: 2004-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/eleventh-brother