Valerie Worth





Valerie Worth

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born
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States
October 29, 1933

died
July 31, 1994

gender
female

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About this author

(October 29, 1933 - July 31, 1994)
Acclaimed poet Valerie Worth Bahlke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Swarthmore, where her father taught biology at Swarthmore College. The family then moved to Tampa, Florida, and Bangalore, India, where they lived for one year. Valerie returned to Swarthmore to attend college, graduating with an English degree and High Honors. Shortly thereafter she married George Bahlke, a fellow Swarthmore graduate. After settling in Clinton, NY, Valerie met Natalie Babbitt at Kirkland College, and Natalie began to illustrate Valerie's work, starting with Small Poems in 1972. Three more volumes followed: More Small Poems (1976); Still More Small Poems (1978); and Small Poems Again (1986). Al
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All the Small Poems and Fou...
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Pug: And Other Animal Poems
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Crone's Book of Magical Words
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Animal Poems
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Peacock and Other Poems
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The Crone's Book of Words t...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1971 — 2 editions
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All The Small Poems
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Gypsy Gold
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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More Small Poems
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More books by Valerie Worth…
“The sun
Is a leaping fire
Too hot
To go near,

But it will still
Lie down
In warm yellow squares
On the floor

Like a flat
Quilt, where
The cat can curl
and purr.”
Valerie Worth, All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

“The tiger
has swallowed
a black sun.

In his cold
cage he
carries it still.

Black flames
flicker through
his fur.

Black rays roar
from the centers
of his eyes.”
Valerie Worth, All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

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