A Woman Under the Surface: Poems and Prose Poems

A Woman Under the Surface: Poems and Prose Poems

by Alicia Ostriker
     
 

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From A Woman Under the Surface:

MOON AND EARTH

Alicia Ostriker

Of one substance, of one

Matter, they have cruelly

Broken apart. They never will touch

Each other again. The shining

Lovelier and younger

Turns away, a pitiful girl.

She is completely naked

And it hurts. The larger

Motherly one, breathlessly

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From A Woman Under the Surface:

MOON AND EARTH

Alicia Ostriker

Of one substance, of one

Matter, they have cruelly

Broken apart. They never will touch

Each other again. The shining

Lovelier and younger

Turns away, a pitiful girl.

She is completely naked

And it hurts. The larger

Motherly one, breathlessly luminous

Emerald, and blue, and white

Traveling mists, suffers

Birth and death, birth

and death, and the shock

Of internal heat killed by external cold.

They are dancing through that blackness.

They press as if

To come closer.

Editorial Reviews

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"Ostriker's poems illuminate the places where myth and daily life converge. . . . [She] writes with much intelligence, in a language characterized by the clarity of its images and the precision of its rhythms."--Library Journal

"Cool, cerebral, studied. Passionate, visceral, immediate. Can the same poet write both kinds of poems? . . . Alicia Ostriker is not only writing both kinds of poems-she also is fashioning poems that are cold and fiery at the same time."--San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle
Cool, cerebral, studied. Passionate, visceral, immediate. Can the same poet write both kinds of poems? . . . Alicia Ostriker is not only writing both kinds of poems-she also is fashioning poems that are cold and fiery at the same time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691065120
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1982
Series:
Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets Series
Pages:
78

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