The Imaginary Lover

The Imaginary Lover

by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

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• Winner of the 1987 William Carlos Williams Award presented by the Poetry Society of America

With The Imaginary Lover, Alicia Suskin Ostriker takes her place among the most striking and original poets whose work is informed by feminist consciousness.  Her characterization of the best poetry by women, in the New York Times Book Review, aptly describes this book: “intimate rather than remote, passionate rather than distant, defying divisions between emotion and intellect, private and public, life and art, writer and reader.”  To read her poems is to “discover not only more of what it means to be a woman but more of what it means to be human.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822980896
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 228 KB

About the Author

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of America’s premier visionary poets and critics.  She is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Book of Seventy; The Mother/Child Papers; No Heaven; the volcano sequence; and The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968–1998, as well as several books on the Bible.  She has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. Ostriker is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of Drew University.

Table of Contents

Dissolve in Slow Motion
The Contest
The Woman Who Ran Away
The Game
Rainy Season
Three Men Walking, Three Brown Silhouettes
Widow in a Stone House
Digging to China
Mother in Airport Parking Lot
Upper Broadway Sunday
Meeting the Dead
Sex Dream
A Question of Time
The Unsaid
The Hurt Eye
Wanting All
In the Twenty-Fifth Year of Marriage It Goes On
The Marriage Nocturne
Poem Beginning with a Line by Dickinson
I Brood About Some Concepts, for Example
Taking the Shuttle with Franz
Everywoman Her Own Theology
Taverna, Athens 1974
Lamenting the Inevitable
Poem Beginning with a Line by Fitzgerald/Hemingway
An Army of Lovers
The War of Men and Women
Staring at the Pacific, and Swimming in It
Death Is Only
What Else
While Driving North
The Hawk's Shadow
A Clearing by a Stream
Stanzas in October
Other Stanzas, to You, Pythagoras
Letting the Doves Out

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