COUNT (forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press, Fall 2021) is a book-length poem that attempts to reckon with climate change. It unfolds over 43 sections of flood stories, flora and fauna, accounts of climate devastation, personal narrative, references to eco-art, and evocations of children. Central to the poem is the idea of counting, as in countdown (to the extinction of species), enumeration of the wonders of the natural world, and counting our way back to the balance that is required to save ourselves from climate destruction.
"A HUNDRED LITTLE MOUTHS” a poetry/prose chapbook commissioned by visual and performance artist Susan Silton for the Crowing Hens Whistling Project. Premiere: SITE Santa Fe, November 7, 2015.
AND THEY CALLED IT HORIZON. Sunstone Press, December 2010. Poems written during Valerie's tenure as City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate, 2008-2010.
EACH AND HER, a book-length poem. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Book Award for Poetry and Honorable Mention in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards. Nominated for the PEN Open Book Award, William Carlos William Award, Ron Ridenhour Book Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, University of Arizona Press, September 2010.
ABSENCE, LUMINESCENT (second edition). Four Way Books, August 2010.
THIS IS HOW IT BEGAN (long poem). Special, hand-press edition, Palace Press, March 2010.
A FLOCK OF SCARLET DOVES: Translations of Uruguay’s Delmira Agustini (translations from the Spanish). Sutton Hoo Press 2005.
WORLD TO WORLD. University of Arizona Press, 2004.
ABSENCE, LUMINESCENT (first edition). Winner of the Levis Poetry Prize (Jean Valentine, Judge) and a Greenwall Fund Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Four Way Books, 1999.