“Poet Alicia Ostriker is also a highly original scholar/teacher of midrash, the commentary and exegesis of scripture (the same root as madrasa, place of study). Here she ‘studies’ Jewish history, Jewish passion, Jewish contradictions, in a compendium of learned, crafted, earthy and outward-looking poems that show how this quest has informed and enriched her whole poet’s trajectory.”
About the Author
Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of America’s premier visionary poets and critics. She is the author of fourteen 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 ContentsContents Preface Part I Becky and Benny in Far Rockaway Old Men Born in the USA The Marriage Nocturne Hunger Elegy for Allen West Fourth Street At the Revelation Restaurant Grandchild Part III A Meditation in Seven Days Kol Nidre The Eighth and Thirteenth Holocaust Three Women Who Saves a Life: Poem Beginning with a Line by Fitzgerald / Hemingway Diaspora Listening to Public Radio Poem Sixty Years after Auschwitz Part IV - From the volcano sequence psalm fire judgment during the bombing of Kosovo the fast the shekhinah as exile the shekhinah as mute the shekhinah as amnesiac dark smile seasonal psalm psalm psalm Part V Lamenting the Inevitable The Bride Tearing the Poem Up and Eating It Divrei: The Settlers What Is Needed after Food Part VI The Book of Life Notes Acknowledgments