Bland, Celia. “The World as Her Own: A Profile of Jean Valentine.” Poets and Writers (November/December, 2004): 48-53. The article provides a penetrating profile of the poet and her personal challenges. Valentine’s responses help place the poet in the world of contemporary poetry. It yields more of the woman behind the poetry, while using her publications as guides.
Hacht, Anne Marie, and Ira Mark Milne, eds. Poetry for Students. Vol. 24. Detroit: Gale, 2006. This clearly written discussion of “Seeing You” offers points of reference that remove the mystery for a novice poetry reader and provides a starting point from which to understand Valentine’s stark style.
Rivard, David. Review of The River at Wolf. Ploughshares 19, no. 2 (Fall, 1993): 246. Helps place Valentine in the contemporary poetry movement. Rivard clearly shows the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Rivard discusses Valentine’s tendency to expose feelings too long hidden, which serves to generate an intimacy in her poetry that unsettles and comforts.
Upton, Lee. “’Dream Barker’: Preoedepal Fusion and Radiant Boundaries in Jean Valentine.” In The Muse of Abandonment: Origin, Identity, Mastery in Five American Poets. London: Associated University Presses, 1998. Discussion of Valentine’s use of dreams and their imagery in her poetry, starting with Dream Barker, and Other Poems and later volumes as well. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Valentine, Jean. “A Conversation with Jean Valentine.” Interview by Eve Grubin. Crossroads 59 (2002). Valentine discusses some of the topics she explores in her poems—war, politics, and feminism—and the impact of dreams and the unseen on her poems. She also mentions poets who influenced her poetry.
_______. Interview by Michael Klein. American Poetry Review 20, no. 4 (July/August, 1991): 39-44. Klein’s interview of Valentine provides insight into how she approaches the writing process. The poet’s description of her life allows deeper understanding of her restrained lyrics and how dreams are critical to her writing.
_______. “Jean Valentine.” http://www.jeanvalentine .com. Valentine’s official Web site offers a biography, list of books, and information on readings.