Pat Valdata


Winner of the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

Where No Man Can Touch

La Prima Donna

Thérèse Peltier (1873–1826), first woman to solo an airplane,
September 1908

I flew two hundred meters in Turin—
Not high, not fast, but first.
I flew an aeroplane, no zeppelin.
I flew two hundred meters in Turin.
I’m being called a heroine
In papers sold by Mr. Hearst:
I flew two hundred meters in Turin—
Not high, not fast, but first!

Selected Works

Poetry
"It’s a triumph, at once whimsical and earnest in its celebration of pioneering women in flight."
–Dick Davis
Graced by clean lines, sharp images, economy of words
–Barbara Crooker
Fiction
The Other Sister is a passionate, startling and, wonderfully readable novel.
–Kate Evans
Superb reading entertainment: extremely well-written, fast-moving, authentic and quite unique
–Jo Shaw

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