No Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series)

No Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series)

by Alicia Ostriker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822958759

ISBN-13: 9780822958758

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Alicia Suskin Ostriker's voice has long been acknowledged as a major force in American poetry. In No Heaven, her eleventh collection, she takes a hint from John Lennon's "Imagine" to wrestle with the world as it is: "no hell below us, / above us only sky."

It is a world of cities, including New York, London, Jerusalem, and Berlin,

Overview

Alicia Suskin Ostriker's voice has long been acknowledged as a major force in American poetry. In No Heaven, her eleventh collection, she takes a hint from John Lennon's "Imagine" to wrestle with the world as it is: "no hell below us, / above us only sky."

It is a world of cities, including New York, London, Jerusalem, and Berlin, where the poet can celebrate pickup basketball, peace marches, and the energy of graffiti. It is also a world of families, generations coming and going, of love, love affairs, and friendship. Then it is a world full of art and music, of Rembrandt and Bonnard, Mozart and Brahms. Finally, it is a world haunted by violence and war. No Heaven rises to a climax with elegies for Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated by an Israeli zealot, and for the poet's mother, whose death is experienced in the context of a post-9/11 impulse to destroy that seems to seduce whole nations.

Yet Ostriker's ultimate stance is to "Try to praise the mutilated world," as the poet Adam Zagajewski has counseled. At times lyric, at times satiric, Ostriker steadfastly pursuesin No Heaven her poetics of ardor, a passion for the here and now that has chastened and consoled her many devoted readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958758
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Vocation3
IHere and Now
Birdcall7
Bus Station9
Correspondence10
Brooklyn Twilight12
Pickup13
One-Minded14
Liking It16
Crosstown18
Cigarettes20
In the Forty-Fifth Year of Marriage22
Running out the Clock24
Wilderness26
The Speech of the Creature27
What You Cannot Remember, What You Cannot Know29
May Rain, Princeton30
Baby Carriages31
What Is Needed After Food32
City Through Which Time Rushes Like Water34
Poem Beginning with a Line by Rumi36
IIArchival
Normal Light41
Letter of Inquiry42
He Gets Depressed Whenever We Argue44
The Idea of Making Love47
Another Imaginary Voyage48
Extended Sonnet50
Misery and Frustration51
Mid-February53
Coastal Dawn54
IIIMaterial Density
Wooden Virgin with Child57
The Kiss of Judas58
The Birth of Venus60
Caravaggio: The Painting of Force and Violence66
RVR: Work and Love69
Asylum: Corot at the Ville D'Avray71
Homage to Redon72
Bonnard Retrospective73
Cosi Fan Tutte: Of Desire and Delight75
Schumann Op. 16: The Greater Happiness78
Janacek, String Quartet #I80
Ravel Piano Trio82
The Faure Requiem83
An Album of Chinese Fan Paintings84
IVTearing the Poem Up
Squirrels89
A Walker in the City90
A Voice at the Rally94
Three Women95
The Othello Sarabande, or: The Occupation98
Elegy for Allen101
Tearing the Poem Up and Eating It103
Divrei107
Fix108
The Window at the Moment of Flame110
From the Moon111
Poem Sixty Years After Auschwitz112
Hunger114
Elegy before the War117
Daffodils126
Coda
Coda: Into the Street131
Notes133
Acknowledgments135

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